WA reaches COVID-19 milestone as number of new cases tops 10,000

Western Australia has recorded 10,182 new cases of COVID-19.

It is the highest number of daily cases recorded in the state since the start of the pandemic and follows 9,782 cases yesterday.

There are now 271 people in hospital with the virus, an increase of more than 10% from yesterday’s figures, and nine are in intensive care.

The state also reported six other deaths of people with COVID dating back to March 28, four women and two men over the age of 80.

WA Health said 4,113 of the 10,182 new cases were confirmed by PCR tests, with the remaining 6,069 being self-reported by positive rapid antigen tests.

The rise in cases had been predicted, with the health director warning it would come following the easing of restrictions, including the removal of mask-wearing, which happened at the end of the last week.

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