COVID in WA: AMA warns against lifting mask mandate as more than 5000 new cases recorded

WA’s top medical body has warned against lifting the mask mandate too soon as new cases of COVID-19 once again climbed higher, warning another peak may come amid eased restrictions.

WA Health reported 5605 new cases on Monday, up from 5112 on Easter Sunday.

There were 227 cases in hospital as at 8pm on Saturday, with six of these in ICU.

That compares to 220 hospitalizations and seven ICU admissions the day prior.

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Modeling shows roughly between 1800 and 2800 hospitalizations were expected between February 6 and April 10, but the actual figure was 751.

It also forecast between 198 and 327 ICU admissions over that same period, but the actual number was 28.

Thanks to those low numbers, a raft of restrictions were lifted on Thursday, including all limits on private outdoor and home gatherings, while the definition of close contacts was dramatically narrowed.

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