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Western Australia Covid-19 peak nears as restrictions ease

A woman aged in her 40s is among three historical deaths recorded in Western Australia as the Covid-19 peak nears and many restrictions ease.

WA Health reported 9727 new infections overnight, taking the total number of active cases to 52,533.

The two other historical deaths are a man aged in his 60s and a woman aged in her 90s.

“Due to patient confidentiality, no further information will be released by the department on these deaths,” a statement read on Thursday.

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

Most of the new cases were confirmed via rapid antigen tests.

Camera IconThe rising case numbers comes as Premier Mark McGowan is easing restrictions. NCA NewsWire/James Gourley Credit: News Corp Australia

It comes as restrictions were scaled back on Thursday, with people no longer required to check in at supermarkets and shops but must do so at restaurants, pubs and cafes.

Masks are still required indoors for adults and children in year 3 or above.

Indoor home gatherings are limited to 30 people, while private outdoor gatherings are capped at 200 people with the 2sq m rule in place at private residences.

There are also other rules in place for public venues.

Australian Medical Association WA president Mark Duncan-Smith on Wednesday called on Premier Mark McGowan to unwind his “captain’s call” and reintroduce restrictions if the numbers started to “go bad and go north”.

“Our medical system, our doctors and our nurses are tired, and the system is being very stretched,” he told reporters.

“We do not need extra pressure on the system because restrictions have been reduced too early.”

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