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Two die as WA records modest drop in new cases

Two more West Australians have died from COVID and another 11 were admitted to hospital with the virus in the latest figures released by WA Health on Thursday.

The State reported a modest drop in new infections, with 11,832 reported overnight, compared to the 12,419 tallied on Wednesday.

But the number of infected West Australians in hospital has risen to 312.

The number of those patients being treated in intensive care units remained steady on Thursday at six.

Sadly, Thursday’s report released by health authorities includes two deaths, a man in his 70s and woman in her 80s.

Those fatalities date back to May 18 but were reported to WA Health on Wednesday.

WA Health has also reclassified a previously reported COVID-death of a man in his 80s earlier this month, as a non-COVID-related fatality.

WA has recorded 684,326 cases since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

The latest figures come as fourth COVID-19 shot is being made available to a further 1.5 million of the most vulnerable Australians – dubbed a “winter booster”.

Vaccine advisory body ATAGI has expanded its recommendations for an additional booster to those with severe illnesses including cancer and Australians with a disability.

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