COVID in WA: Jump in daily case numbers as death toll rises by four
The daily count of new COVID cases in WA has surged by almost 1400, snapping a downward streak.
WA Health reported 4810 COVID cases on Tuesday, up from 3434 on Monday.
There were also four deaths — two women in their 90s, a woman in her 80s and a man in his 70s — dating back to June 23.
The State’s total COVID death toll now stands at 381.
Despite the rise in new daily infections, WA’s active cases have fallen by 588 to 26,579.
Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson warned another spike could be on the way with re-infections and different Omicron strains.
“We’re not out of the woods,” she told reporters.
“We’re barely in winter yet so I would encourage people to get their flu vaccination and still wear a mask, social distance and maintain hand hygiene.”
Ms Sanderson said this month’s State-wide free flu vaccination program had so far increased jab rates to about 30 per cent of the population.
That compares to 21 per cent when the blitz was announced by Premier Mark McGowan, who said the rate in 2020 was the best ever at 37 per cent.
Ms Sanderson said the State Government was considering extending the free program.
There were still concerns this winter flu season would be severe, she said.
“We’re still yet to see that materialise,” the Minister said.
The latest weekly notifiable diseases report from the Department of Health shows there were 1097 flu cases for the calendar year to June 10, compared to just 16 for that period last year and 1165 in 2020.
Meanwhile, Census data showed WA was the second biggest beneficiary of interstate migration last year - behind Queensland - as people fled the COVID-ravaged Eastern States.
WA has recorded 892,527 COVID cases since the pandemic began.
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