NSW has recorded its deadliest day for Covid fatalities in months as infectious Omicron sub-variants continue to spread throughout the community.
The state added another 41 Covid-related deaths on Saturday, which included a backlog of fatalities.
Nearly 15,000 new positive cases were reported to authorities, down from 18,669 new Covid infections reported the previous day.
"The 41 deaths notified to NSW Health in the past 24 hours includes 23 deaths notified through the NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages," the health department said in a statement Saturday.
"Covid-19 related deaths are notified to NSW Health from a range of sources and not all deaths reported by NSW Health occurred in the week in which they are reported as there is sometimes a delay."
Nonetheless, it will go down as NSW's deadliest day since the beginning of the year when cases surged in late January following the Christmas holidays (there were also 40 Covid deaths officially recorded on June 28).
Australia's senior health officials are predicting the latest wave will peak in August.
There are currently 2,176 Covid hospitalisations across the state and 59 people in intensive care.
Calls for better Long Covid care
As the nation grapples with increasing virus spread, Australia's peak physiotherapy body is calling for federal, state and territory governments to fund treatment for the condition.
The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) wants a national long Covid tracking and data collection system established to better understand the condition's prevalence.
Estimates indicate up to 30 per cent of people will experience Covid-19 symptoms for 12 weeks or longer after their infection, but a more precise number is not known due to poor data collection.
After contracting Covid-19 early in the pandemic, APA President Scott Willis is still suffering from the after-effects.
"I know first-hand the ongoing and debilitating impact of this condition," he said in a statement.
"We need government to acknowledge long COVID and respond with appropriate and accessible rehabilitation pathways."
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