Western Australia Covid cases: State reports 51 new infections and second death of entire pandemic

Western Australia reports a record-breaking 51 new Covid cases and the hermit state’s SECOND death of the entire pandemic

  • WA has reported 51 new Covid infections in its highest ever pandemic total 
  • Comes as the state reports its second death to the virus since Covid hit Australia 
  • The man is believed to be unvaccinated, Premier Mark McGowan said  

Western Australia has reported its second Covid-related death ever as cases surge with 51 new infections.

A man in his 70s, who had some underlying medical conditions, died at Joondalup Hospital north of Perth after catching the virus in the community.  

The death is the first related to the current Omicron outbreak.

Premier Mark McGowan on Friday expressed his condolences to the family of the man and urged people to get vaccinated.

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan broke the grim news to the state on Friday afternoon

‘I’m advised that WA Health has no record of the man receiving a COVID-19 vaccination,’ the premier told reporters.

‘Omicron is here and if you’re not fully vaccinated, the virus can find you and it can have tragic consequences.’

Mr McGowan said the man was believed to have acquired the virus after attending an event in Perth’s northern suburbs.

‘I think he’d been in and out of ICU and onto the ward,’ he said.

‘It’s obviously very difficult for him and his family.’

The tally of 51 local cases reported by WA Health on Friday is a record for the state, which also posted 48 cases related to interstate and overseas travellers.

One million West Australians have now had their third vaccine dose, representing 49 per cent of the eligible population.

Earlier this month, Mr McGowan reneged on his promise to reopen the state to the rest of Australia on February 5, saying it would be reckless to allow thousands of cases to take off there. 

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