Western Australia records 68 new COVID-19 cases as residents urged to take Omicron ‘seriously’

West Australians are being urged to take the Omicron variant of COVID-19 “seriously” as the state recorded 68 new cases overnight.

Of the new cases, 27 are linked to known close contacts, 25 are travel-related cases and the remaining five are being followed up by the state’s contact tracers.

No deaths associated with COVID-19 were reported overnight.

Premier Mark McGowan said it was imperative that residents of WA took Omicron “seriously” and urged those who felt unwell to stay home from work and school and get tested.

“It’s important for people to remember that at all times, positive rapid antigen test results must be logged with WA health,” Mr McGowan said.

“Reporting a positive result is mandatory. Anyone who has tested positive using a RAT test COVID-19 at home or in the workplace should register the result at the website.

“We need to have line of sight of the virus in the community. We are relying on everyone to do the right thing for your sake and the sake of everyone else.”

WA Premier Mark McGowan has said the state’s current border restrictions are under review. (Nine)

Mr McGowan said there hasn’t been any decision on the state’s current border restrictions, with the rules to be reviewed this month.

“There hasn’t been any decision on that. What we will do is review this matter over the course of February and we are currently looking at it, as you know,” Mr McGowan said.

A New South Wales snake catcher responded to an unusual call out in Werrington, Sydney this month after the snake was spotted hiding behind a vacuum.

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“The review is based upon the growth in vaccinations, which is going up very quickly, we are basically at 50 per cent third dose.”

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