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COVID-19 latest updates from CME

Last updated – 11.00 AM, Friday 29th July

WA Update

WA Health is reporting a total of 4,423 new cases to 6pm last night. There are currently 27,557 active cases in Western Australia.

To 6pm last night, there were 424 people with COVID-19 in hospital, 17 in ICU.

Today’s report includes three deaths, which were reported to WA Health yesterday – dating back to 8 May – a woman in her 80s, a woman in her 70s, and a woman in her 60s.

Total case breakdown:

Region                        Active            (new to 6pm last night)
Metropolitan                22,008           (3,522)
Goldfields                    594                 (90)
Great Southern           537                 (93)
Kimberley                    446                 (72)
Midwest                       480               (103)
Pilbara                         728              (104)
South West               1,836              (293)
Wheatbelt                     501              (75)

The remainder of daily cases reported (71) are yet to have a region assigned. Data will continue to be reconfigured as this information is verified.

Of the 4,423 cases, 1597 were confirmed via PCR test, the remaining 2826 were self-reported positive rapid antigen tests.

A total of 6,628 PCR tests were conducted at either state-run or private pathology clinics yesterday.

WA has recorded 1,057,558 cases since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

National Update

NSW

  • 14,927 new cases
  • 22 deaths
  • 2,257 in hospital, 67 in ICU

Victoria

  • 12,278 new cases
  • 107 deaths*
  • 840 cases in hospital, 33 in ICU, 7 ventilated
  • 70,891 active cases

*Due to data feed issues this month, a high number of COVID-19-related deaths is being reported today.

This has resulted in 105 additional deaths being reported since July 1. Ordinarily today’s figure would be 2. The average daily deaths in Victoria over the past fortnight is 19.

Queensland

  • 9,420 new cases
  • 17 deaths
  • 906 in hospital, 30 in ICU
  • 59,005 active cases

South Australia

  • Not available



ACT

  • 1,007 new cases
  • No deaths
  • 147 in hospital, 1 in ICU
  • 5,590 active cases

International Update

  • Tokyo’s daily tally of new cases of coronavirus infection has surpassed 40,000 for the first time in the Japanese capital. Officials confirmed a record 40,406 new cases on Thursday. The figure was up more than 8,500 from a week earlier and represented an increase of about 30 percent. The case count has topped the number of the previous week for nine days in a row.
     
  • Russia reported 11,515 new daily coronavirus cases on Thursday, authorities said, the highest such figure since April 13.  Forty-one people in Russia died of coronavirus over the last day. Russia has recorded 18,565,551 cases of COVID since April 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic in the country. Russia said earlier this month it was ending all restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19, including the requirement to wear masks, citing a steady decline in deaths from the virus.
     
  • Mainland China reported 564 new coronavirus cases for July 28, of which 109 were symptomatic and 455 were asymptomatic. That compared with 626 new cases a day earlier – 119 symptomatic and 507 asymptomatic infections, which China counts separately. There were no new deaths, leaving the nation’s fatalities at 5,226. As of July 28, mainland China had confirmed 229,294 cases with symptoms.
     
  • Millions of people worldwide may have long-term smell or taste problems as a result of Covid-19, with women more likely to be affected, a study suggests. About 5% of adults infected with the coronavirus may develop long-lasting changes to their sense of smell or taste, according to the research published in the British Medical Journal. With more than 550m confirmed Covid-19 cases to date, it means there may be long-term smell deficiencies for 15 million people and taste problems for 12 million (with an unknown overlap of those suffering both) for at least six months after an infection. Given the devastating effect that loss of smell and taste can have on quality of life and wellbeing, this will have a huge impact on global health, the team of international researchers say. Loss or change of sense of smell or taste can lead to “severe distress”, they say, and they call for health systems to be better prepared to support people who often feel “isolated” when dismissed by clinicians. Daily activities such as smelling coffee and testing the flavour of food can become “disgusting and emotionally distressing”, experts say.

COVID WA Helpline: 1800 020 080

For the latest official updates on COVID-19 please visit https://www.australia.gov.au/ and https://www.health.gov.au

For information on mental health support please visit https://www.lifeline.org.au/ or call 13 43 57