Western Australia has recorded 10,182 new cases of COVID-19.
- New case record coincides with record of six more deaths
- Hospitalizations increased by more than 10% to 271
- Surge in infections comes after restrictions eased last Friday
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.
Premier Mark McGowan and Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson have said they accept the outcome.
On Wednesday, Ms Sanderson reiterated that the key statistics were hospitalizations and intensive care admissions, which have remained relatively constant.
In February, the state government released modeling based on Omicron that predicted WA would peak at 10,363 cases by the end of March.
The previous peak in infections was March 29, when 9,754 cases were recorded.
This modeling also predicted that there would be around 443 COVID patients in WA hospitals at any one time, 56 of whom are likely to require intensive care.
Although there has been a significant increase in hospitalizations over the past 24 hours, from 242 to 271, this figure remains well below state government modeling predictions.
WA has reported 425,704 cases since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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