COVID in WA: State tallies record 9782 daily coronavirus cases | The West Australian

WA has reported a record 9782 daily COVID infections less than a week after dropping the majority of restrictions designed to contain the virus.

However, the number of people in hospital with COVID dropped slightly to 242 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Ten of those were receiving treatment in ICU.

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Two additional historical deaths were also reported, a woman in her 90s and a man in his 70s, dating back to April 12.

The surge in infections comes after mandatory mask wearing and capacity limits were removed on Friday, as well as proof of vaccination requirements.

Wednesdays’ daily case numbers are the highest since April 21 when 9314 infections were reported, and narrowly exceed the previous record high of 9754 reported on March 30.

Some 13,501 PCR tests were completed on Tuesday, with 4004 (30 per cent) returning a positive result.

The majority of the new infections (7971) were in Perth but there was also a big surge (667) in the South West, where there are now more than 3000 active cases.

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Every other country region also recorded triple digit increases in infections led by the Mid West (177) and followed by the Goldfields (158), Great Southern (149), Pilbara and Wheatbelt (both 117) and Kimberley (106).

It remains to be seen whether the jump in cases is part of a new upward curve, with the State’s active caseload (44,868) still well below the peak of 54,064 reached at the start of April.

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The jump comes ahead of plans for a freeze on non-urgent category 2 and 3 surgery to resume in public hospitals from next week.

Around 2000 public sector health workers remain in furlough, which Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said was the biggest obstacle to a ramp up in elective surgery aimed at reducing a waiting list that now exceeds 30,000 cases.

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