Breaking News: Premier Mark McGowan has announced a 5-day snap lockdown for Perth.

At an emergency COVID-19 press conference called by the WA Government this afternoon, McGowan and Cook announced the city would go into a lockdown, as well as Peel and the SW.

A male hotel quarantine security guard in his 20s has tested positive for COVID-19. He worked in hotel quarantine at Sheraton Four Points in Perth.

The guard had worked two twelve hour shifts on the 26th and 27th of January. He was believed to be working on the same floor as someone who had the UK variant of COVID-19

Premier Mark McGowan and Health Minister Roger Cook held the press conference Sunday January 31 2021

WA had gone almost 10 months with no community transmission of coronavirus.

As of Saturday, there were 15 active cases in hotel quarantine.

This included seven people infected with the highly contagious UK and South African variants.