13 March 2021

COVID-19 update 13 March 2021

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

The new case is a man in his 50s who has returned from overseas travel and is currently in hotel quarantine.

The State’s total number of confirmed cases now stands at 923.

WA Health is monitoring nine active cases of COVID-19 and 905 people have recovered from the virus in WA.

Yesterday 1796 people were vaccinated. To date, 17,748 West Australians have received the COVID vaccine.

Yesterday at WA Health COVID clinics 383 people presented for testing – 380 were assessed and swabbed.

To date, 28 cases of variant strains have been detected in Western Australia (20 B.1.1.7 of the strain and 8 of the B.1.351 strain).

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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.

The total number of COVID-19 tests performed in WA will be updated on Monday.