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COVID-19 latest updates from CME

Last updated – 11.15 AM, Friday 20th May

WA Update

WA Health is reporting a total of 15,205 new cases to 8pm last night. There are currently 89,985 active cases in Western Australia.

To 8pm last night, there were 304 people with COVID-19 in hospital, 11 in ICU.

Today’s report includes five deaths which were reported to WA Health yesterday. The deaths date back to 14th of April and include a man and woman in their 90’s, a man in his 80’s, a man in his 70’s and a woman in her 60’s.

Total case breakdown:

Region                        Active             (new to 8pm last night)
Metropolitan                72,658             (12,254)
Goldfields                      1,601                  (279)
Great Southern             1,964                  (334)
Kimberley                         588                  (112)
Midwest                         1,832                  (290)
Pilbara                           1,249                  (222)
South West                   7,182               (1,171)
Wheatbelt                      2,125                  (357)

The remainder of daily cases reported (186) are yet to have a region assigned. Data will continue to be reconfigured as this information is verified.

Of the 15,205 cases, 5,559 were confirmed via PCR test, the remaining 9646 were self-reported positive rapid antigen tests.

A total of 14,990 PCR tests were conducted at either state-run or private pathology clinics yesterday.

WA has recorded 624,774 cases since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

National Update

Victoria

  • 12,556 new cases
  • 23 COVID-19 deaths
  • 514 cases in hospital, with 35 of those in intensive care and eight requiring ventilation.

NSW

  • 10,084 new cases
  • 10 COVID-19 deaths
  • 1,226 cases in hospital, 41 of those in intensive care.

Tasmania

  • 967 new COVID-19 cases
  • no new deaths
  • There is one person in intensive care and 44 people in hospital with the virus, with 26 people being treated specifically for COVID-19 symptoms.

ACT

  • 963 new COVID-19 cases 
  • No new deaths 
  • There are a record 84 people in hospital with the virus in Canberra. Four of those patients are in intensive care, with two people requiring ventilation.

NT

  • 290 new cases
  • one death 
  • 23 patients in NT hospitals. Four people are requiring oxygen and two patients are in intensive care.

International Update

  • North Korea says it’s achieving “good results” in the fight against the country’s first confirmed COVID-19 outbreak as the number of people with fever symptoms surpasses two million. The isolated nation reported 263,370 more people with fever symptoms, and two more deaths, taking the total fever caseload to 2.24 million, including 65 deaths. It did not report how many of those cases had tested positive for the coronavirus.
     
  • Britain’s vaccine advisers said that an anticipated autumn COVID booster campaign would be aimed at people aged over 65, care home residents, frontline health and social care workers and all adults in a clinical risk group. Britain is offering a spring booster to the over-75s, care home residents and immunosuppressed people, and ministers have spoken openly of plans for a further booster campaign in the autumn. In interim advice, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) stopped short of recommending another shot for all adults, though said the advice would be reviewed and updated.

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

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