COVID caseload hits new heights in WA

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Western Australia's COVID-19 caseload and hospitalisation numbers have reached new heights as the state adjusts to life with minimal restrictions.

WA Health on Thursday recorded 10,182 infections and the deaths of four women and two men, all aged in their 80s or 90s.

There are 271 people in hospital with the virus in the state, including nine in intensive care.

Almost one in three PCR tests in WA came back positive in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday as the daily case tally surpassed 10,000 for the first time.

NSW reported 21 new deaths with the virus on Thursday, while Victoria added 14 more fatalities to their overall tally. There were 11 deaths recorded in Queensland.

Meanwhile, disability support groups are calling on the incoming government to establish a COVID-19 recovery plan for people with special needs as the virus continues to surge in the community.

"People with an intellectual disability are at high risk from COVID-19 and many have missed out on essential support during the pandemic," Inclusion Australia chief executive Catherine McAlpine said.

"We want all disability support providers to ensure that people with disability can access support during an emergency. People with an intellectual disability must also have equal access to health care if they get COVID-19, as well as vaccines."

More than two years after the pandemic first hit, public health measures have largely been lifted without a specific plan to protect people with disabilities.

Dominic Golding, policy officer at the National Ethnic Disability Alliance, said COVID-19 had been particularly devastating for marginalised groups.

"The pandemic isn't over for our community and we need a recovery plan to make sure people with disability are not left behind," Mr Golding said.

"Migrant and refugee people with disability need specific information, services and support to keep our community safe from COVID-19."

A proposed plan by disability organisations cites the need for increased physical and mental health support, continued access to remote learning and work and support for people with long COVID.

LATEST 24-HOUR COVID-19 DATA:

NSW: 18,529 cases, 21 deaths, 1529 in hospital, 62 in ICU

Victoria: 11,596 cases, 14 deaths, 492 in hospital, 29 in ICU

Tasmania: 1086 cases, no deaths, 46 in hospital, three in ICU

Queensland: 8045 cases, 11 deaths, 467 in hospital, 14 in ICU

Western Australia: 10,182 cases, six deaths, 271 in hospital, nine in ICU

South Australia: 3894 cases, four deaths, 218 in hospital, 11 in ICU

Northern Territory: 451 cases, no deaths, 33 in hospital, one in ICU.

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