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Covid-19 cases spike as Western Australia records more deaths

The number of Covid-19 infections has jumped in Western Australia, as the state recorded a further six deaths.

A woman aged in her 80s died overnight, while five other deaths were historical.

They are three men aged in their 80s, and a man and woman aged in their 70s.

WA Health reported 8910 new cases overnight, taking the total number of active cases to 49,796.

There are now 219 people with Covid-19 in hospital, including six in intensive care.

Among the new cases, 2820 were confirmed via PCR test, while the remaining 6090 came from self-reported positive rapid antigen tests.

A total of 19,987 PCR tests were conducted on Monday.

Camera IconPeople are urged to get vaccinated. Tony McDonough/NCA NewsWire Credit: News Corp Australia

It was also revealed on Tuesday that public health measures at schools would be scaled back for Term 2.

One million more RATs will be distributed and parents will be allowed on school sites for parent-teacher meetings, assemblies and volunteering.

Critical worker protocols and mask requirements for students in Year 3 and above will not change.

School camps also remain postponed.

Education Minister Sue Ellery said managing Covid-19 was taking its toll in schools.

“This week and next week are the toughest that our schools have faced — 992 schools are currently impacted by Covid,” she told reporters.

“To date in Term 1, some 5500 staff and 90,000 students have isolated.”

In a statement, Ms Ellery said keeping schools open and safe remained the priority.

“So far, the 2022 school year has been challenging for school staff and families, and I would like to acknowledge their efforts and commitment to keeping students learning in the safest environment possible,” she said.

“The adjusted measures strike the right balance between reducing the spread of Omicron, keeping schools operating to provide face-to-face learning and keeping families connected with their child’s school.

“This announcement provides school staff and families with a level of certainty as they head into the school holidays, and helps them to prepare for Term 2.

“I encourage parents to use this timely information about the revised measures to plan for Term 2, and do what they can to help minimise the spread of Covid-19 while their children are on break to ensure a smooth return to school.”

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