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WA hospitals tracking well, Health Dept agrees to buy some of Twiggy’s medical supplies

WA hospitals are currently at 50 percent capacity with the states battle against COVID-19 tracking well.

So far WA has 453 confirmed cases with 18 people in ICU’s, nearly 150 have recovered from the virus.

Health Minister Roger Cook says now is not the time to get comfortable.

“This is the calm before the storm, but we’re ready to receive those patients when they do ultimately present,” he told Gareth Parker.

“One of the aspects of making sure we have these low numbers each day is that when we push the curve out that gives us another day to continue to prepare the system to make sure we’re ready.”

Mr Cook also said the WA Health department has agreed to procure some of the medical supplies flown over by Andrew Forrest and the Minderoo Foundation.

Mr Forrest flew around 90 tonnes worth of supplies from China at a cost of $160 million- those which are deemed suitable can be bought by the Government.

The supplies include masks, ventilators and other personal protection equipment for health workers.

Mr Cook says items that have been tested so far will be purchased.

 

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