Australian state prepares for hospital peak

Perth: As Covid-19 cases continued to rise sharply in the state of Western Australia (WA), health authorities warned on Thursday that a spike in hospital cases is expected later this month.

The state recorded 4,535 new cases in 24 hours on Thursday, the first time daily infections have topped 4,000, and an increase of more than 25% from Wednesday’s 3,594 cases, the news agency reports. Xinhua.

The state has recorded 34,250 cases since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, more than half of which were recorded in the last seven days after the state opened the border on March 3.

The number of hospitalizations and cases requiring intensive care are also increasing. There are 80 people infected with Covid-19 in hospital, up from 67 on Wednesday. There are also three people in intensive care after a long streak of case-free days in intensive care.

WA Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said the state was at the start of its upward curve in hospitalizations, and the peak in hospital cases is expected to come later this month.

“It will become difficult. We will see more people in hospital and more people in intensive care,” she said.

WA is now set to hit its peak daily infection count on Monday, with modeling suggesting around 10,000 people will test positive by then, according to national broadcaster ABC.

Sanderson also revealed that about half of cases in hospitals were unvaccinated and urged people to get vaccinated.

According to the latest figures from the state health department, more than 95% of WA residents over the age of 12 have been double vaccinated.