WA records 15,205 new COVID-19 cases as virus-related deaths reach 203 this year

More than 200 West Australians have now died with COVID-19 this year, as the state continues to grapple with surging cases.

WA has recorded another 15,205 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of active infections to 89,895.

Of those, 304 are in hospital, including 11 in intensive care.

Another five deaths have been recorded, bringing the total number of COVID-related fatalities in WA this year to 203.

Ambulance numbers down 15pc

With the number of people stuck in isolation with COVID-19 continuing to climb, Premier Mark McGowan said “way more” than 3,000 health staff were currently furloughed because of the virus.

He said in the ambulance service, about 40 per cent of staff were absent because of COVID.

The back of three ambulances, and the bonnet of a fourth, parked outside a hospital.
St John Ambulance has been hit hard by COVID-related staff shortages and ramping at hospitals.(ABC News: Keane Bourke)

It means St John Ambulance will be running 15 per cent fewer ambulances than usual during the day today, with 69 vehicles on the road rather than 82.

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