Having passed the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak, Australia is slowly returning to a sense of normalcy.
But despite the country’s achievements in overcoming the worst of the virus, there is still one concerning figure looming over its recovery.
Figures released by the Department of Health show that 732, or about 10 .3 per cent, of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country have been locally acquired with no contact identified.
This means hundreds of people have caught the virus in Australia but the source of the infection could not be found.
“Knowing the source of the infection is an integral part of stopping the spread of COVID-19,” according to the Department of Health.
Though new daily cases of the virus have decreased dramatically in Australia, there are still cases emerging which proves people can’t become complacent.
Six crew members from a live export ship have tested positive for coronavirus off Perth, with WA Premier Mark McGowan labelling the situation “extremely concerning”.
“For the time being, the remaining 42 crew members, who I am advised are currently well, will remain onboard the ship and will be monitored and undergo health assessments as required,” he told reporters.
“But I suspect it is probably more than likely that more crew members may become infected with the virus. This is an extremely concerning situation that we find ourselves in.”
Mr McGowan said the situation was “serious news” that he hoped not to have to deliver.
“I thought these kinds of situations were behind us. It goes to show that strong border controls are important as we continue to handle this worldwide health crisis.”
South Australia has also seen a re-emergence of the virus after a British woman in her 50s was diagnosed with the illness in Adelaide.
The new case brought the state’s total to 440, with the number rising for the first time in 18 days.