WA reports 62 new local COVID-19 cases, another daily record despite ‘low’ test numbers
WA reports 62 new local COVID-19 cases, another daily record despite ‘low’ test numbers

WA reports 62 new local COVID-19 cases, another daily record despite ‘low’ test numbers

62 new locally transmitted cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Western Australia, the highest daily number to date.

Another 13 cases related to interstate travel have also have been reported, bringing the total number of new infections in the state to 75.

One of the new local cases is not yet linked to any previous cases and is under investigation.

The previously high number of new local cases in a single day came last Friday where 51 infections were reported.

The southwestern region has registered a new case, a person who was contagious in the community.

WA Education Department confirmed that there had been a case of COVID-19 at a primary school in the region.

Parents at Allanson Primary School near Collie, 200 kilometers south of Perth, were told at the weekend that there had been a case at the school.

There are now 509 active cases in WA, but none are in the hospital.

WA Health said there were “low” test numbers yesterday, with only 4,351 people being swept with PCR tests.

Authorities continue to ask people who are symptomatic to be tested.(ABC News: James Carmody)

Of the new cases recorded today, 10 were self-reported rapid antigen tests (RATs).

There are now three geriatric care centers with identified cases in WA, including The Cove, run by provider Brightwater in Mandurah, south of Perth.

More cases are expected in nursing homes

Brightwater said it was awaiting PCR test results from all residents at The Cove facility to determine if COVID-19 had spread within its site.

Brightwater CEO Jennifer Lawrence said there were other residents with symptoms.

The front exterior of The Cove Elderly Care Center.
Two cases of COVID19 have been discovered at The Cove aged care facility in Mandurah.(Delivered by: Brightwater Group)

“I expect further cases. I hope not, but I expect further cases. This is a highly contagious virus,” she told ABC Radio Perth.

She said the site was locked and that all staff underwent RAT before coming to work.

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