Western Australia records highest new daily case numbers, with 17,033 new infections.

Western Australia has experienced an explosion of COVID-19, recording 17,033 new daily cases — the highest since the beginning of the pandemic.

Medical experts are concerned the already stressed health system is in danger of being overrun over the next week, saying it would be “unforgiveable” not to reintroduce restrictions.

The state’s latest coronavirus figures are higher than any other state or territory at the moment.

Healthcare workers in Western Australia are fearing the hospital system might be overrun within a week’s time. (A Current Affair)

Victoria recorded 13,793 new cases on Wednesday and New South Wales recorded 12,265.

“NSW has three times the population of WA. But if we applied our numbers to NSW there would be over 50,000 cases a day if they had our rate of infection,” Australian Medical Association WA president Dr Mark Duncan-Smith said.

In early April WA, had 54,000 active infections. Five weeks later that number has surged to almost 70,000.

The Australian Nursing Federation is concerned about how much more the state can take.

“They keep saying we’ve reached a peak. How many more peaks do we reach?” ANF WA spokeswoman Janet Reah said.

Duncan-Smith also said the thought of more COVID-19 peaks “scares me greatly”.

The impact on the health system remains stable for now, with 275 people with the virus in hospital and seven in ICU.

WA Premier Mark McGowan says he has no plans to re-introduce COVID-19 restrictions at this stage.
WA Premier Mark McGowan says he has no plans to re-introduce COVID-19 restrictions at this stage. (Flavio Brancaleone)

Three more COVID-19 patients have died.

But Premier Mark McGowan said these numbers were likely to rise as well.

“We are expecting they [COVID-19 hospital numbers] will climb but they are way below. Way below what was predicted,” he said.

Healthcare workers are fearing the hospital system might be overrun within a week.

“There are already critical staff shortages, critical ramping and elective surgery being cancelled because ICU’s are full,” Duncan-Smith said.

The ANF’s Reah said “we could be in some very deep trouble indeed”.

The AMA is calling on the McGowan government to bring back certain COVID-19 restrictions.

The Australian Medical Association says Western Australia's already stressed health system will continue to be in danger of being overrun over the next week.
The Australian Medical Association says Western Australia’s already stressed health system will continue to be in danger of being overrun over the next week. (Getty)

“I am begging the McGowan government to reintroduce masks,” Duncan-Smith said.

But McGowan said he was not making any changes yet.

“Not at this point in time. We don’t rule it out in the future,” he said.

There are concerns Omicron sub-variants could lead to another surge in cases.

“We’ve got Ba.4 and Ba.5, the next edition of the Omicron variant that is more infectious,” Deakin University epidemiology chair Professor Catherine Bennett said.

“It could push up your average transmission rate by another 25 per cent.”

Reference-www.9news.com.au

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