One in four West Australians have caught COVID since start of pandemic

One in four West Australians have contracted COVID-19 since the pandemic began, according to the latest figures from the state government.

Friday’s WA Health update reported 9948 new cases, bringing the total number recorded to 705,723 – one-quarter of WA’s population of about 2. 8 million.

The new cases, about two-thirds of which came via self-reported rapid antigen tests, map a steady decline in daily figures from a peak of more than 17,000 new cases a day last week.

The deaths of 11 women and men ranging in age from their 70s to their 90s, dating back to April 21, were also included in Friday’s update. The department does not release any more information on the circumstances surrounding COVID deaths, citing patient confidentiality.

One in six West Australians were predicted to catch COVID-19 by August , ahead of the removal of the hard border the following month.

That modelling predicted 464,000 cases over the course of six months, with a peak of 10,000 cases a day between April and May.

However, it also flagged that easing public health and social measures – – would lead to a resurgence in cases, but did not provide any predicted case numbers or hospitalisation rates for different scenarios.

WA Premier Mark McGowan and Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson have pointed to low hospital and ICU admissions, a testament to the state’s high vaccination rates, as justification for the eased restrictions.

Friday’s COVID update reported 322 people in hospital with COVID-19, with nine in ICU.

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