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WA Premier’s son out of hospital but leader still in isolation with COVID-19


WA Premier Mark McGowan’s son has returned home after being treated in hospital for COVID-19.

WA Premier Mark McGowan won't open the borders as planned on February 5.
WA Premier Mark McGowan has COVID-19. (Getty)

Mr McGowan has three children, Samuel, Alexander and Amelia, according to his Twitter profile.

Health Minister Roger Cook said the premier was continuing to work from isolation.

“I was in a committee meeting with the premier which he chaired remotely. You can tell he’s got the disease but he’s very strong,” he said.

Well wishes have pouring in from colleagues, including Senator Penny Wong, who was in town on Labor’s federal election campaign.

“We all hope that there is a full and quick recovery for every member of their family,” she said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison also got in touch with a message of support.

The state recorded more than 7700 new cases overnight, with more than 44,000 active cases across the state.

Mr Cook put the increase down to people holidaying.

Both New South Wales and Victoria have now scrapped isolation rules for close contacts, with South Australia set to join them next weekend.

But there are no plans for WA, which has had the toughest rules throughout the pandemic, to follow.

Last week officials said hospitalisations were lower than modelling predicted in the state.

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