Health authorities have reported another eight COVID deaths in WA and a rise in ICU admissions as daily case numbers dip.
Premier Mark McGowan took to Facebook to announce the 5351 new cases — bringing the State’s active total to 28,603.
Thursday’s figures included eight new deaths dating back to May 24 which were only reported to WA Health in the past 24 hours.
They included four women and two men in their 80s and two men in their 90s.
The number of people in hospital with the virus jumped to 260, with 12 people now in intensive care.
Of the new cases, 3485 were from PCR tests and 1866 were from RATs.
There were 10,417 PCR tests conducted in the State on Wednesday.
WA has now recorded 871,777 COVID cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
It comes just days after the BA.5 subvariant was detected in South Australia following New South Wales and Victoria.
Australians were warned that the COVID threat had not just “disappeared” but was still “very active”.
The strain is not believed to be any worse than the current infection.
Total case breakdown:
Region Active (new to 6pm Wednesday night)
Metropolitan 23,283 (4,384)
Goldfields 465 (72)
Great Southern 573 (107)
Kimberley 184 (22)
Midwest 883 (173)
Pilbara 419 (93)
South West 1,754 (307)
Wheatbelt 624 (108)