A paramedic has gone into hotel isolation after transporting a COVID-19 patient from the UK to hospital in Perth while checks are made into whether proper health protocols were followed.
The patient, a woman in her 80s, arrived from the United Kingdom on January 2 and was symptomatic on arrival and subsequently tested positive.
Genomic testing is underway but it is not yet known if she has the more virulent strain of the virus.
The woman was initially placed in hotel quarantine, but her condition required her to be transferred to the Royal Perth Hospital on Tuesday where she is now considered stable.
Premier Mark McGowan said investigations were underway to determine if one of the paramedics involved in the woman’s transfer was wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment at the time.
“We’re investigating that as we speak. There have been concerns raised,” the premier told reporters on Wednesday.
He said more details could become available after a meeting of the state’s emergency committee later on Wednesday.