WA’s COVID caseload remains high as death toll from the virus climbs by six

COVID case numbers in Western Australia have dipped slightly from yesterday’s record, however the state’s death toll from the virus has risen, with six more deaths reported to WA Health overnight.

Yesterday more than 17,000 cases were recorded for the first time in WA, but the numbers declined to 16,670 new infections today.

As of 8pm last night, WA had 75,581 active cases of COVID-19 with 275 people in hospital, unchanged from yesterday’s figure.

However, there are now eight people in ICU, one more than yesterday, and a further six deaths have been reported, dating back to May 3.

They include two women in their 90s, two women in their 80s, a man in his 60s and a woman in her 50s.

WA Health said the death of a woman in her 40s in April has now been reclassified as a non-COVID-related death.

The current death toll in WA since the start of the year is now at 166, equal to the number of people who died on WA roads in 2021.

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