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Premier Mark McGowan warns an 'extended period' of mask-wearing may be required as Western Australia grapples with hotel quarantine breach WA Premier Mark McGowan warns masks could become a 'long-term measure' Measures come as state confirms no new cases after hotel quarantine breach Contact tracers investigating four close contacts of hotel guard and housemate

By Australian Associated Press

Published: 23:50 BST, 2 May 2021 | Updated: 23:50 BST, 2 May 2021

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West Australians face the prospect of an extended period of mask-wearing as the state seeks to avoid another coronavirus lockdown.

Premier Mark McGowan on Sunday confirmed no new locally acquired cases had been detected, 24 hours after a hotel quarantine security guard and two of his housemates tested positive.

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Contact tracers are continuing to work through the movements of the three men but all 16 close contacts identified by WA Health as 'high risk' have returned negative tests.

West Australians face the prospect of an extended period of mask-wearing as the state seeks to avoid another coronavirus lockdown (pictured: woman wearing a mask in WA)

West Australians face the prospect of an extended period of mask-wearing as the state seeks to avoid another coronavirus lockdown (pictured: woman wearing a mask in WA) 

WA Premier Mark McGowan (pictured) warns masks could become a 'long-term measure'

WA Premier Mark McGowan (pictured) warns masks could become a 'long-term measure'

Results are pending for a further four close contacts, while another 136 contacts are deemed casual or yet to be classified.

Sunday's AFL western derby between West Coast and Fremantle at Optus Stadium was played behind closed doors, nightclubs were closed and Perth and Peel residents were ordered to return to wearing masks indoors and outdoors.

'We could see masks become a longer-term measure in coming weeks,' the premier said.

'And that is unfortunate because I know how uncomfortable and difficult it is but that may be one of the measures that we put in place to provide additional protection.'

Mr McGowan and Health Minister Roger Cook will on Monday each receive their first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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WA recorded no new locally acquired cases on Sunday after a hotel quarantine security guard tested positive (pictured: Two men wearing masks during Perth's three-day lockdown)

WA recorded no new locally acquired cases on Sunday after a hotel quarantine security guard tested positive (pictured: Two men wearing masks during Perth's three-day lockdown) 

Sunday's AFL western derby between West Coast and Fremantle at Optus Stadium was played behind closed doors (pictured)

Sunday's AFL western derby between West Coast and Fremantle at Optus Stadium was played behind closed doors (pictured) 

They are part of the over-50s cohort who are now eligible to receive their jabs at one of several mass vaccination clinics across Perth.

'I would just encourage everyone to get vaccinated when your turn comes,' Mr McGowan said.

The guard and his seven housemates, along with their close contacts, have been moved to hotel quarantine.

It emerged that one of the two infected housemates - who each worked as delivery drivers - had

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