Health officials have reported another eight COVID deaths in WA and an increase in ICU admissions as daily case numbers decline.
Prime Minister Mark McGowan took to Facebook to announce the 5,351 new cases – bringing the state’s active total to 28,603.
Thursday’s figures included eight new deaths since May 24, which were only reported to WA Health in the last 24 hours.
They included four women and two men in their 80s and two men in their 90s.
The number of people hospitalized with the virus has jumped to 260, with 12 people now in intensive care.
Of the new cases, 3,485 were from PCR tests and 1,866 from RATs.
10,417 PCR tests were performed in the state on Wednesday.
WA has now recorded 871,777 COVID cases since the start of the pandemic.
It comes just days after the BA.5 subvariant was detected in South Australia after New South Wales and Victoria.
Australians were warned that the COVID threat had not only “disappeared” but was still “very active”.
The strain is not believed to be worse than the current infection.
Full details of the case:
Active Region (new at 6pm Wednesday night)
Metro 23,283 (4,384)
Goldfields 465 (72)
Great South 573 (107)
Kimberley 184 (22)
Midwest 883 (173)
Pilbara 419 (93)
Southwest 1,754 (307)
Wheat Belt 624 (108)