One of Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan’s children has been hospitalised due to COVID-19.
Mr McGowan’s office confirmed the news tonight.
“The child is fully vaccinated, however was in a serious condition as a result of the infection,” a spokesperson from the premier’s office said in a statement.
“The child remains in hospital and is receiving ongoing treatment.
“The McGowan family asks for privacy regarding this situation at this difficult time.”
Mr McGowan has three children.
The Premier himself has been in isolation since Thursday when he said a member of his family had tested positive to COVID-19.
“In accordance with the protocols, this will extend my quarantine period until I am hopefully cleared to leave home next Thursday afternoon, at the earliest,” he said in a statement earlier on Friday, and thanked health workers who “have not only cared for my family but also the many Western Australians who have been affected by this virus”.
Western Australia recorded 8777 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, taking its active case number to 42,613.
Of those, 258 are in hospital, nine in intensive care.
There were five more COVID-19 deaths for the state recorded on Friday.
More than 95 per cent of the WA population aged over 12 has had two doses of the vaccine, while 78.6 per cent of that population has also had a booster shot.