"Covid-19 cases are expected to rise further across Australia after family
gatherings over the Easter long weekend, amid warnings of increasing pressure
on hospital staff and a possible new wave of infections.
Most states and territories have recorded consistent increases in cases over
the past two months, with Victoria recording a 60% jump in cases in the last
fortnight. On Friday the state reported 5,772 new cases over the previous
New South Wales recorded 9,876 new cases and 36 deaths last week, with 952
people in hospital and 20 in intensive care.
Hospitalisation rates have been relatively stable in recent weeks but the
Australian Medical Association’s president, Steve Robson, warns that more
infections are likely.
“If you look at the figures released just before the Easter weekend, we’ve got
dozens and dozens of people in intensive care. We’ve got 36 deaths in New South
Wales,” Robson said.
“We’re coming into winter and there’s a lot of travel going on and family
gatherings. We would anticipate that with all the mitigations now essentially
gone, there will be more morbidity, more illness, more loss of life.”
Many airports across the country reported long delays over the Easter weekend
as domestic passenger numbers returned to almost pre-pandemic levels.
Robson said the real number of Covid cases was likely much higher than official
figures suggest as fewer people were testing regularly.
He said hospital staff were still dealing with the pandemic, even if people
“don’t want to hear about [it] any more”."
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