Western Australia records seven new Covid cases despite Mark McGowan slamming ...

Western Australia records seven new Covid cases despite Mark McGowan slamming ...
Western Australia records seven new Covid cases despite Mark McGowan slamming ...

Western Australia has recorded seven new local Covid-19 cases despite slamming its border shut to the rest of Australia. 

Premier Mark McGowan said on Friday, three of the cases are linked to known contacts of previous infections, while four are not directly to any previous cases. 

This comes as opposition Leader Anthony Albanese throws his support behind Premier Mark McGowan's decision to indefinitely enforce hardline border measures.

Mr McGowan sensationally backed down on his promise to reopen the state to the rest of the country on February 5, with no date set on when free travel to WA would resume.

Mr McGowan sensationally backed down on his promise to reopen the state to the rest of the country on February 5

In a late-night press conference on Thursday, Mr McGowan said WA reopening as planned on February 5 would be 'reckless and irresponsible' given the large amount of Covid-19 cases in the eastern states.

Mr Albanese said while some may have been disappointed by the border decision, the WA premier made the right call.

'I told (Mark McGowan on Thursday night) I respected and supported the decision,' Mr Albanese said in Sydney.

'People were keen to visit loved ones, but the first priority of Mark McGowan has been to keep WA safe. People in WA enjoy life almost as normal, certainly compared with NSW.'

Mr McGowan said the border delay would allow for more people to receive booster doses and for children to get fully vaccinated against Covid.

He initially said the state would reopen the border at 90 per cent fully vaccinated. WA is now at 89 per cent.

Mr Albanese said the booster rollout would be critical to providing COVID protection.

'Mark McGowan has done the right thing by WA which is keeping their health ok, which is a precondition for keeping their economy ok,' he said.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese pictured with his partner Jodie Haynon. He has thrown his support behind Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan's move to keep his state border shut indefinitely

Labor leader Anthony Albanese pictured with his partner Jodie Haynon. He has thrown his support behind Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan's move to keep his state border shut indefinitely

The border decision has meant neither the opposition leader or Prime Minister Scott Morrison would be able to get into WA for campaigning ahead of the federal election, due to be held by May 21 at the latest.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said while he could understand the decision made by the west, more

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