WA records 14 deaths as COVID continues to ravage state, with 325 in hospital

Western Australia has recorded 14 deaths in the last 24 hours, the highest daily figure of fatalities the state has reported over the course of the pandemic.

The deaths come amid 15, 674 new COVID cases, including four men and a woman in their 90s, five men and a woman in their 80s, two men in their 70s and a man in his 50s.

There are now 325 West Australians in hospital with COVID, with 11 people in intensive care.

A total of 88,710 people in the state currently have the virus.

WA has recorded 576,315 cases since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Premier Mark McGowan said the deaths reported today took place over the past fortnight.

He said he believed WA residents were taking the pandemic seriously.

“Look, I suspect West Australians take it more seriously than people in any other state,” he said.

“Other states have been through multiple waves, New South Wales and Victoria…. sadly people are dying there in large numbers every day.”

Modelling earlier this year suggested WA would peak at around 10,000 cases per day, with almost 500 people in hospital including 56 in ICU.

Today’s hospital figures are well below those predictions, even as case numbers far exceed what was anticipated.

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