Western Australia records drop in cases of Covid-19 as warning peak is yet to come

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Western Australia’s chief health officer has warned a new peak in daily Covid-19 infections is coming.

Western Australia recorded a drop in Covid-19 cases, after the state’s chief health officer warned the peak could rise within weeks.

The state recorded 13, 162 new cases to 8pm Friday, taking the total number of active cases to 85, 633.

There are now 292 people with Covid-19 in hospital, including 10 in intensive care.

Among the new cases, 4446 were confirmed via a PCR test, while the remaining 8716 were self-reported positive rapid antigen tests.

Saturday’s report includes two deaths dating back to May 4 reported to WA Health on Friday. Both were men in their 80s.

The drop comes after chief health officer Andy Robertson said on Friday, he expected between 20,000 and 25,000 cases per day in WA before a decline in infections.

Previous modelling suggested WA would peak at 10,000 cases per day but that did not eventuate and restrictions were then eased, including scrapping masks indoors unless in a high-risk setting such as public transport and hospitals.

“What we’re anticipating is that we will continue to see rises over the next couple of weeks,” Mr Robertson told ABC radio.

“We anticipate the numbers will start to fall after that.”

Dr Robertson said he was still comfortable with restrictions easing.

While he was not recommending a return of the mask mandate, Dr Robertson said he was reviewing it on a “daily basis”.

“There are good arguments for people to keep wearing masks,” he said.

“We strongly encourage people to consider wearing masks, but they are having a lot less impact than they have had in the past.”

Dr Robertson revealed the vaccine mandate for most workers would be reviewed within weeks, with 80.7 per cent of the eligible population having received their third vaccination.

The number of hospitalisations and staff furloughs were factors that he would consider, he added.

WA Health reported 15, 565 new infections on Friday.

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