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SW man returns ‘weak’ positive COVID-19 test

A Collie man has today returned a “very weak” positive COVID-19 result, however authorities do not believe there is a current threat to the wider community.

The Health Department said it was “most likely” evidence of an historic infection.

The man in his 30s had returned to Collie from Poland following 14 days quarantine in Victoria.

He tested negative to COVID-19 while in Melbourne and then returned a “very weak” positive result after returning to Collie.

The Health Department says such results are often seen in people with old recovered COVID infections.

Although the case is believed to be historic, the man’s three closest contacts have been asked to isolate as a precaution.

Their tests are expected to be returned tomorrow.

Health authorities have urged people not to panic over the revelation and have pledged to advise the community of any sign of new cases.

Premier Mark McGowan confirmed there were currently 26 active COVID cases in the State, including three patients in Royal Perth Hospital.

Contact tracers have identified 79 close contacts linked to the Pan Pacific outbreak, with 49 so far returning negative tests.

There are a further 429 casual contacts, of which 134 have so far tested negative.

It comes after a security guard contracted the virus from a returned traveller at the Pan Pacific hotel in the Perth CBD.

The guard then infected two of his seven housemates, both Uber Eats drivers.

Meanwhile, Mr McGowan has also confirmed crowds will be banned from attending Perth Glory’s A-League match against Melbourne City FC tomorrow evening at HBF Park.

The blow to soccer fans comes after footy fans were turned away from Sunday’s western derby.

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