The head of the Clean Water Council says Perth is experiencing a “massive” clean-out due to the effects of a record-breaking summer.
The council’s chief executive officer Paul Jones said the city’s clean-water system was still “unable to cope” with the unprecedented amount of pollution it was seeing.
He said a record amount of rain was occurring during the week, causing an unusually high number of pollutants to be emitted into the atmosphere.
Mr Jones said Perth was also facing a record number of cases of the coronavirus, which is affecting some people.
“There is an increasing number of people who have become infected,” he said.
“[But] we are also seeing the emergence of the pandemic, so we’re seeing a huge amount of people going through quarantine in the North-West and some of the affected areas.”
Mr Sam said the region’s rivers and streams were being “devastated” by the water contamination.
“It’s just the kind of pollution that you’d expect if you were living in the north of Australia,” he told ABC Perth.
But Mr Jones said it was important to remember that the region was not a new phenomenon.
”In fact, it is the only area of Australia where the water pollution is the result of human activity and human activity is a major contributor to that pollution,” he added.
Dr Paul Jones, Clean Water Councillor, says Perth was seeing a record high amount of cases (ABC News: Paul Jones) “What we’re really seeing is the emergence and proliferation of viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and parasites which are causing that pollution to be more prevalent.”
Dr Jones said water pollution was causing an increase in the number of coronaviruses in the region, and had spread to more people in recent weeks.
In the past week, Dr Jones said there had been more than 1,500 coronavireposis cases in the Perth area, which has more than 10 per cent of the population.
It is the second-highest number in the state.
More than 60 per cent are women, he said, and most cases are being recorded in the city.
Water pollution is also causing serious health problems in many areas of the state, including the region.
Professor Paul Jones says Perth will be at the centre of a coronaviral pandemic.
What is coronavirochus?
Corneavirus is a viral disease caused by the coronovirus (also known as coronavax) and it is spread through direct contact with the blood of an infected person.
If the virus is spread to other people through direct-contact contact with contaminated water or food, it can cause serious illness and even death.
How does it spread?
The virus can be transmitted from one person to another through contact with bodily fluids or through close bodily contact, such as coughing or sneezing.
Cases can be diagnosed through the symptoms of cough and sneezes, and it can take up to three weeks for symptoms to appear.
Symptoms can also develop over time.
When to see a GP?
A GP is usually able to diagnose a person if they have symptoms within four to six weeks of coming into contact with someone who has been infected with the virus.
However, this may take longer if the person has been exposed to other, less contagious virus.