WATCH LIVE: WA records 17,000 new COVID cases, but hospitalisations below pre-pandemic levels

Western Australia has recorded 17,033 new cases of COVID-19 overnight, with 68,893 people currently isolating with the virus – the most at any one time so far in the pandemic.

Premier Mark McGowan is expected to address the daily figures at a press conference at 10.45am.

It comes as Department of Health hospital figures revealed significantly fewer people had been admitted to hospital with respiratory viruses or flu-like illnesses so far this year than this same time in 2018.

Since the beginning of the year, a total of 274 flu-like admissions have been recorded, a figure that is one quarter of the total COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital over the same period, indicating around three in every four patients included in the state’s daily COVID hospital numbers were admitted for another condition.

The daily numbers reveal currently 275 people with COVID-19 are in hospital, and seven are in intensive care.

Nearly 500,000 people have had the virus since the pandemic began.

WA’s double-dose vaccination rate is 99 per cent and its booster shot rate is 80 per cent.

More to come.

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