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10.04pm GMT

Overnight the West Australian premier Mark McGowan said his government would move Victoria to a “low risk” coronavirus category from next week, meaning some restrictions will be loosened on travellers from the state.

While Victorian travellers will still need to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in WA, from Monday they will be allowed into the state without needing a special exemption. They will also be required to present for a coronavirus test on day 11 of their quarantine.

This is our WA COVID-19 update for Friday, 15 January 2021.

For official information on COVID-19 in Western Australia, visit

9.50pm GMT

Both the New South Wales and Victorian governments have identified 15 February as the launch date for the Pfizer vaccine in Australia.

The Age today reports that while the federal government is yet to confirm a date for the beginning of the rollout of the vaccine, officials in both states have identified 15 February, a month from now, as the start of the rollout of the vaccine.

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