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Western Australia has recorded a surge in COVID-19 cases, with 643 new local cases recorded in the 24 hours until 8pm yesterday.

Two travel-related cases have also been recorded, while four people are in hospital with the virus.

The spike in new cases comes after 258 cases were reported yesterday.

The skyline of the city of Perth in Western Australia.
The number of COVID-19 in Perth is rapidly growing. (Getty)

Premier Mark McGowan said the state’s caseload was growing quickly, but added it was “slower than the rest of the states” in Australia.

“It’s starting to grow pretty rapidly now, but fortunately, we’re getting our vaccination rates up to probably the highest in the world so that puts us in good stead,” he said.

Mr McGowan said there had been 244 known cases of COVID-19 at 96 schools, but that schools were continuing to operate.

Restriction change for outdoor events

Mr McGowan announced the government had adjusted its COVID-19 restrictions around outdoor events so that the cap of 200 attendees would only be allowed if the space had two square metres per person.

“This will resolve some of the issues around weddings, wakes, funerals and other events that are being held outdoors and private property,” he said.

A maximum of 30 people are allowed at indoor gatherings regardless of the size of the space.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21: A COVID-19 testing clinic sign at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on January 21, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. NSW has recorded 46 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, marking the deadliest day in the state since the start of the pandemic. NSW also recorded 25,168 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hour reporting period. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)

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All public venues in the region are subject to a two-square-metre per person rule and major events were capped at a maximum of 75 per cent capacity.

A total of 95.8 per cent of Western Australians aged 12 and over have been double-dosed with a COVID-19 vaccine.

Almost 60 per cent of people aged 16 and over have had a booster shot.

Source: 9News

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