COVID-19 in WA: State cases soar to new high, reaching 17,100 infections, while six people die

WA’s reported COVID infections have spiked to a new high, with 17,105 new cases recorded in the state on Wednesday.

The new infection count in the 24 hours to 8 p.m. Wednesday is a small increase on the old record of 17,033, set just over a week ago on May 11.

It also marks the highest number of new cases in Australia, with New South Wales recording 10,964 cases, Victoria recording 13,201 and Queensland 6,448.

The explosion of positive COVID cases comes as the number of active cases rises to 88,781.

While hospitalizations dropped to 300 (down 27 from Wednesday) and the number of people in the ICU dropped to 10 (down two from the previous day), WA Health reported a historic six deaths.

In a social media post, Prime Minister Mark McGowan wrote: “Sadly, today’s report includes six deaths dating back to May 16, which were reported to WA Health yesterday: two women and one man in their 90s, one an 80-year-old woman, a 70-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman.

A total of 16,799 people underwent PCR tests on Wednesday, with 6,033 of those tests coming back positive.

Another 11,072 people tested positive with the rapid antigen test kits.

Health director Andy Robertson predicted WA would hit a peak of around 25,000 daily cases this week.

WA has traditionally seen big jumps in the number of cases towards the end of the working week, which means Dr. Robertson’s forecast could still be correct tomorrow.

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