West Australia has recorded its biggest jump in new COVID infections in almost a month.
The Department of Health announced 4931 new cases in its weekly update on Friday, the highest number of new infections since September 23.
“Sadly, this week’s report to 4pm yesterday includes 3 deaths, aged from 71 to 89 years, dating back to September 14, reported to WA Health in the last week,” the Department said in a statement.
This week’s figures push the total number of recorded infections to 1,168,975 in WA, since the pandemic’s onset.
Friday’s figures come after the State Government announced it will close four public COVID-19 testing clinics as demand wanes for PCR tests.
The clinics at Rockingham General Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital, Broome Health Campus and the Bunbury health campus will all be shut down by October 28.
Public COVID-19 clinics at Joondalup and Murdoch will remain open.
WA Chief Health Officer Andrew Robertson is instead encouraging residents to use a rapid antigen test if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
“RATs are a safe, convenient and fast option to test for COVID-19,” Dr Robertson said in a statement.