Covid-19 case numbers have increased in Western Australia with new infections sitting at 6,916 and the number of people in hospital at 142 including three in intensive care.
Chief medical officer Paul Kelly has said the increase in case numbers is due to a new strain of the virus which has taken hold overseas.
“We are seeing an increase in Covid-19 case numbers across Australia, reflecting community transmission of the Omicron variant XBB,” Professor Kelly said.
“But it’s nothing to be concerned about. We’ve seen these same variants in other countries, most recently Singapore. They had a quick, sharp wave of cases, but not a lot else and then they’ve moved on,” he said.
Professor Bruce Robinson from EDICT said, “It’s business as usual, everyone knows the drill by now. If you are feeling unwell protect yourself in crowded situations and get tested.
“Now is the time to consider whether you are eligible and due for another dose of the vaccine, whether it’s your third or fourth dose – especially if you are in the 70 and above age group, or have a lung condition.”
The new strains XBB and BQ.1 variants are predicted to overtake BA.5 – the current dominant strain in Australia in the weeks ahead.
It is expected that The Australian Technical Advisory Group (ATAGI) will recommend a firth vaccination dose in January 2023.