Western Australia has recorded its sixth consecutive day of no new coronavirus cases, with only 14 active cases remaining in the state.

Seven patients remain in Perth hospitals, including three in intensive care, but the state has now had 528 recoveries.

Health Minister Roger Cook said it was a terrific result.

“This helps us plan for a gradual easing of restrictions over the coming weeks and months.

“We’ve made great strides in recoveries, which can sometimes be a very long process.”

Only 103 people have needed hospitalisation in WA, which is about 20 per cent of all cases in the state.

Mr Cook said WA was now in the response and recovery phase in dealing with the pandemic, as the state government looked at getting more people back to work.

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“This disease has left a trail of wreckage, in terms of the economy, in its wake,” he said.

“We want to now look to see how we can rebuild the economy, get people back to work and learn to live with the COVID-19 virus into the future.”

But Mr Cook warned it would take “many months, if not years” to rebuild the economy.

Mr Cook said he would not pre-empt any future announcements from the premier about re-opening intrastate borders, but noted there was only one active case in regional WA.

“That really does put front-and-centre the intrastate borders,” he said.

Meanwhile, the state government says WA public schools saw an average attendance rate of 71.5 per cent on Monday.

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During the first week of term two, the average attendance rate had been 60 per cent in the metropolitan area and 58.5 per cent in regional WA.

Parents continue to have the option of keeping their children at home and learning arrangements will be reviewed after week three of the school term.

AAP

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