COVID-19 in WA: Downward trend continues as 10 people remain in intensive care

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Bethany HiattThe West Australian
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Ten people remained in intensive care overnight with COVID-19 as the number of new cases recorded in WA continued its downward trend.

The Health Department reported a total of 5072 new cases in its latest update, down from 5548 the previous day.

While daily case numbers have climbed slightly since the 3434 new infections recorded on Monday, they have dropped significantly from the peak of 17,105 reported on May 19.

Two new deaths attributed to COVID were recorded, dating back to June 27, including a man in his 90s and a woman in her 70s.

The new cases bring the number of active cases in WA to 28,162, with 217 people being treated in hospital.

Ten were in intensive care, down from 11 the previous day.

Most of the new cases were reported in the Perth metropolitan area, with 4196, while the South West recorded 249 and the Wheat Belt had 117.

A total of 6023 PCR tests were conducted at either State-run or private pathology clinics on Thursday.

Of the 5072 cases, 1841 were confirmed via PCR test and the remaining 3231 were self-reported positive rapid antigen tests.

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