09/05/2022 - 10:31

New peak in daily COVID cases

09/05/2022 - 10:31

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Western Australia has recorded a new peak in daily COVID cases overnight, surpassing the 10,000 mark for the second time.

New peak in daily COVID cases
Western Australia has recorded a new peak in daily COVID cases overnight, surpassing the 10,000 mark for the second time.

Western Australia has recorded a new peak in daily COVID cases overnight, surpassing the 10,000 mark for the second time.

WA Health is reporting 10,394 new COVID cases up to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of active cases in WA to 58,640.

Today's reported number of active COVID cases is also the highest WA has recorded since the pandemic began.

There were 279 people with COVID-19 in hospital overnight, with six in ICU.

No COVID-related deaths were reported overnight.

WA Health reported 10,182 COVID cases on Thursday, which was the first time the state's daily COVID number hits the 10,000 mark.

There was a drop in daily COVID numbers over the weekend as WA Health reported there were 8,747 infections yesterday and 9,243 COVID cases on Saturday.

Despite the rising number of daily COVID cases, Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said today the community was generally coping with COVID.

"All of our public health social measures are put in place based on the health advice," she said at today's press conference.

"We meet with the chief health officer... He’s relatively comfortable with the numbers as they are because the numbers that really matter are the hospitalisation and ICU numbers."

The WA government's health modelling initially placed the state to experience peak of the pandemic in mid-March, with 10,000 new COVID cases, 443 COVID positive patients in hospital, 56 in ICU and three deaths expected per day.

Premier Mark McGowan previously said the health advice indicated WA had experienced its COVID peak, with the number of hospitalisations declining and intensive care admission rate sitting at one-tenth of what was predicted by the modelling.

Several COVID health measures, including indoor mask mandates, capacity limits for venues, border restrictions and proof of vaccination requirements were removed on April 29.

"There are a number of settings still in place that are protecting the community, the vaccine mandate is an important one of those," Ms Sanderson said.

"We have obviously lifted on the health advice, some of those public health social measures and that is essentially because our hospitalisation rate is world-leading and it's pressure on that system that we’re all watching carefully."

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