31 May 2021

COVID-19 update 31 May 2021

The Department of Health has reported one new case of COVID-19 overnight in WA.

The man, in his 50s, recently returned from overseas and is in hotel quarantine.

The State’s total is now 1018.

WA Health is monitoring three active cases of COVID-19 ­– 1006 people have recovered from the virus in WA.

Yesterday, 688 people were swabbed at WA Health COVID clinics with a further 102 at private clinics.

For the latest WA vaccination figures, visit the COVID-19 Coronavirus: Vaccination dashboard.*

To date, 96 cases of variant strains have been detected in Western Australia – 53 of the B.1.1.7 strain, 15 of the B.1.351 strain, 27 of the B.1.617 strain (Indian variant) and one of the P1 variant (Brazilian variant).**

There have been 1,192,695 COVID-19 tests performed in WA. Of those, 152,568 were from regional WA.

The State Government has issued advice for travellers who have recently returned from Victoria, and they are reminded to continue to monitor the Vic Health website for updated exposure locations.

A list of public and private testing clinics is available on the Healthy WA website.

Visit WA Health’s HealthyWA website for the latest information on COVID-19. 

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*Note 1: WA vaccination data for the WA COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard is sourced from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). AIR is a national register maintained by the Australian Government that records all vaccines given to all people in Australia. WA data includes all COVID-19 vaccinations in WA, whether administered by WA Health, Australian Government providers or other providers (including GPs). WA previously reported only WA Health data. Note that the dashboard does not update until after 2pm Monday to Friday. A vaccine dashboard data interpretation guide is also available to help you.

**Note 2: The cases of variant strains reported above are not new cases. Genome sequencing – to define the strain of the virus – is a separate laboratory process carried out after someone tests positive to COVID-19. All cases, regardless of strain, are managed by WA’s public health experts. The strains previously reported as the UK variant strain and South African variant strain will now be referred to as B.1.1.7 and B.1.351 respectively.