Another day, another record for local COVID cases in Western Australia

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A police spokesman said a number of people were arrested later in the day for breaking transit notices or failing to provide identification.

The majority of the Western Australian community has now received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Mr McGowan said high vaccination rates reduced, but not entirely eliminated, the need to possibly introduce density limits and heavier restrictions.

“When we bring [density limits] in, we bring them on health advice, we will not leave them in place longer than necessary, ”he told parliament on Thursday.

“Even with high vaccination rates, you are still hospitalized, and you want to make sure that you minimize the peaks of that so you can minimize people in intensive care and on ventilators.

“We have been incredibly lucky in Western Australia over the past two years. I want us to continue to be lucky.

The date for the reopening of the borders has not yet been communicated.

Opposition Leader Mia Davies said Mr McGowan was ‘paralyzed with indecision’ after requests from the state government to reveal his modeling were rebuffed.

‘What we have seen is an arrogant, secretive and rapidly losing the confidence of the people of Western Australia,’ she said.

“We asked several questions as opposition to health modeling. We have tried to determine the thresholds that the public will have to meet in terms of third vaccinations.

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“None of this has been announced. The people of Western Australia deserve more after doing everything this Prime Minister and this government have asked for over the past two years… we have complacency, we have fatigue.

“We have hospitals that are now entering an orange preparedness phase. They clearly have information and triggers that the rest of the state doesn’t know about.

Staff at all public hospitals in the Perth and Peel region, the Wheatbelt and the Great Southern went to orange alert, a higher risk rating, from Thursday.

The orange alert is the second of four steps the health system will use to deal with Omicron cases as they increase, with this decision being made due to the increase in the number of daily cases.

A red alert will be used when the community is experiencing high levels of transmission and a black alert will be put in place if the health system reaches capacity.

Australia Medical Association WA president Mark Duncan-Smith said he supported the decision.

“This is a proactive measure to protect both healthcare workers and patients…it will reduce the dismissal of workers,” he said.

“In areas considered to be at higher risk, staff will take RATs twice a week and more PPE will be provided.”

Dr Duncan-Smith said he hoped WA would follow South Australia’s modeling in the future, which had “cut their peak cases fivefold”.

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