COVID in WA: WA Health records modest drop in cases to 11,832

Michael TraillThe West Australian
COVID-19 numbers seem to have plateaued in WA.
Camera IconCOVID-19 numbers seem to have plateaued in WA. Credit: AAP

Two more West Australians have died from COVID and another 11 were admitted to hospital with the virus in the latest figures released by WA Health on Thursday.

The State reported a modest drop in new infections, with 11,832 reported overnight, compared to the 12,419 tallied on Wednesday.

But the number of infected West Australians in hospital has risen to 312.

The number of those patients being treated in intensive care units remained steady on Thursday at six.

Sadly, Thursday’s report released by health authorities includes two deaths, a man in his 70s and woman in her 80s.

Those fatalities date back to May 18 but were reported to WA Health on Wednesday.

WA Health has also reclassified a previously reported COVID-death of a man in his 80s earlier this month, as a non-COVID-related fatality.

WA has recorded 684,326 cases since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

The latest figures come as fourth COVID-19 shot is being made available to a further 1.5 million of the most vulnerable Australians – dubbed a “winter booster”.

Vaccine advisory body ATAGI has expanded its recommendations for an additional booster to those with severe illnesses including cancer and Australians with a disability.

Acting Health Minister Katy Gallagher on Wednesday confirmed the government had accepted the advice for these at-risk groups.

A fourth dose was already available to those aged over 65, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders over 50 and severely immunocompromised people.

Healthy people aged 16 to 64 with no serious risk of disease, who have already received three doses of COVID-19 vaccine, are not recommended to get an additional dose at this time.

This includes health care workers and pregnant women who do not have other risk factors.

Senator Gallagher said the primary goal of Australia’s vaccine program was to minimise the risk of severe disease, including hospitalisation and death, from COVID.

“The expansion of eligibility is an important next step in building community protection from COVID and increasing booster rates,” she said.

Those that are eligible for the winter dose, but have had a recent infection of COVID, are advised to delay their winter booster until three months after their infection.

ATAGI recommends everyone in Australia over the age of 6 months receive an influenza vaccination, which can be given at the same time as Covid vaccines.

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