COVID in WA: Daily case numbers drop by hundreds, five elderly die with virus

WA’s daily count of new COVID cases has fallen by hundreds, but five deaths have been reported, all of them elderly.

A total of 4,394 new cases were recorded overnight, down 355 from the previous day’s count.

The five deaths — two men and a woman in their 90s and two women in their 80s — were dated May 24, but were not reported to WA Health until Friday.

They bring the state’s total death toll to 370.

The number of cases in hospital has increased by three to 242, while the number in intensive care is still eight.

However, the number of active cases has fallen by 36 to 28,412.

Notwithstanding the odd blip higher, WA’s daily count has generally gone down since it peaked at over 17,000 around mid-May.

With the use of rapid antigen testing that has outpaced PCR testing for some time, the state government announced Thursday that it would close four metropolitan PCR testing clinics from July 15, amid dwindling demand.

The decision would send 121 full-time equivalents back to hospitals, it said.

WA has recorded 880,808 cases since the start of the pandemic.