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COVID IN WA: Cases down as international investigation reveals slow withdrawal of restrictions damages Perth’s viability

Written by Javed Iqbal

WA has registered a small drop in COVID cases overnight as the state’s slow withdrawal of restrictions is blamed for hampering Perth’s viability.

There were 4,749 new infections, down from 5,351 on Thursday.

That brings WA’s active case volume to 28,448.

The number of people in the hospital decreased to 239 patients, of which eight were in intensive care.

A man in his 80s died with the virus on June 17, but it was first reported to WA Health on Thursday.

Of the new cases, 3020 were from RATs and 1729 from PCR tests.

A total of 6990 PCR tests were performed on Thursday, and the state’s total infection rate has reached 876,505.

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It comes as Perth was revealed to have plummeted on the global viability ladder due to the slow rollback of COVID restrictions.

Last year, the city was ranked as the sixth most habitable place in the world.

But this year, Perth slipped to number 32.

The Global Liveability Index, conducted by the Economic Intelligence Unit, looked at stability, health care, culture, environment, education and infrastructure to find the world’s best cities.

At the top came Vienna in Austria, followed by Copenhagen in Denmark. Zurich in Switzerland and Calgary in Canada are in third place.

The report stated that those down – and their neighbors on the other side of the ditch – benefited in early 2021, when COVID vaccines were scarce due to closed borders that kept the infection rate down.

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