COVID in WA: Welcome news as COVID cases continue downward trend

WA has recorded 10,013 new daily cases but crucially no deaths.

The infection tally on Monday was down from Sunday when 11,557 cases were reported. It followed a fall from Saturday when there were 14,245 cases.

The number of people in hospital with COVID also fell, to 323 patients from 326 on Sunday.

There are nine people in the ICU, down from 11 on Sunday.

There are now 87,103 active COVID cases across WA.

The latest figures come as schools across the State are being forced to merge classes and cancel specialist Lessons as the surge in cases takes out to a quarter of their staff.

Already battling a shortage of relief teachers, public schools have made more than 850 teacher relief requests from the Education Department, which has deployed qualified teachers based in its central office and from relief pools.

But many Principals are scraping by without calling on back-up staff from the department by taking classes themselves, asking teachers to give up their preparation time or employing part-timers full-time.

Education Department director-general Lisa Rodgers said every workforce in WA was facing challenges due to the Pandemic.

“Education is no different,” she said. “We have done a lot of work to address those challenges by arranging for additional support for schools.”

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