South Australia and Western Australia have each recorded their first cases of COVID-19 for May but together share just 11 active cases.
Yesterday, a man in his 70s has become South Australia’s first new case in 14 days, testing positive a month-and-a-half after returning from the UK.
The man – who is now one of only two cases still active in the state – had “experienced some loss of taste and smell” since March 24, SA Health said.
But he did not immediately associate the unusual symptoms with coronavirus, chief public health officer Dr Nicola Spurrier said.
She said it’s now known they can be early signs of the infectious disease.
The man is reportedly doing well in quarantine. Five of his close contacts are isolating and being monitored daily for symptoms.
There have been 439 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in SA and 433 of those have been cleared.
“Two people remain in hospital recovering from the effects of COVID-19, however they are no longer infectious,” SA Health said.
The state only recently celebrated its case-free streak, even creating a bitmoji, or cartoon avatar, of Dr Spurrier.
“We don’t want any new cases,” the health department said on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, today Western Australia recorded its first case of COVID-19 since April 29, breaking an eight-day run of zero new cases.
“Obviously it’s disappointing that our streak of zero cases has come to an end however we always knew we would get more cases as people returned from overseas or interstate,” WA Premier Mark McGowan said on Friday.
He said the 29-year-old man to test positive had recently returned from overseas.
“Since he arrived in WA, he has been in hotel quarantine,” he said.
“The good news here is we have systems in place to ensure any spread of the virus is limited.”
The state has recorded 552 cases including nine deaths.
Mr McGowan said 534 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the state.
“As a result, we now have just nine active cases here in Western Australia, the first time we have hit single digits,” he said.
Four people are in hospital in WA and one of those patients is in intensive care.
Queensland announced another day of no new cases today while New South Wales recorded four and Victoria 13.
Speaking ahead of National Cabinet on Friday, Mr McGowan said he expects Prime Minister Scott Morrison to announce “baselines for the entire country” regarding the easing of COVID-19 social and economic restrictions.
“Each state will no doubt have different views because each state is at a different point along this highway,” he said.