New coronavirus cases triple overnight to Wednesday

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He said workers were being asked to quarantine in their dongas which was a mental health risk.

“A pandemic is not an excuse to throw FIFO workers’ rights away,” he said.

“We understand companies need to modify work practices to stop the virus spreading, but keeping workers onsite during isolation is not the answer.”

Along with the 645 local cases, two travel-related cases were also recorded in the 24-hour reporting period to 8pm Tuesday.

Rapid antigen tests returned 174 of the positive results while 11,157 people were swabbed using a PCR test on Tuesday.

Nearly 99 per cent of the eligible population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Premier Mark McGowan said WA was expected to reach a 70 per cent vaccination rate for booster shots by the time the border reopens on March 3.

He also advised gathering rules had been amended to allow outdoor weddings at private venues to take place.

“We’ve adjusted some of the rules around outdoor events to allow for 200 people at an outdoor event subject to the 2-square-metre rule so this will resolve some of the issues around weddings, wakes, funerals and other events that are being held outdoors at private properties,” Mr McGowan said.

The Premier also defended his decision to isolate for seven days after he returns from giving evidence in a defamation trial in Sydney in mid-March, despite the requirement to do so being lifted on March 3.

“I can attend Parliament via Zoom now … this will be a bit of a different experience … I’m still in attendance, still answering questions, still doing everything,” he said.

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