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NSW Records Deadliest Day Of Pandemic With 52 Covid Deaths

NSW has reported its deadliest day of the pandemic so far with 52 new deaths, as Premier Dominic Perrottet confirms a major new round of financial support for businesses hit by the Omicron outbreak.

There were 13,524 new positive COVID-19 tests reported in the 24 hours to 8pm on Saturday.

There are 2663 people currently hospitalised with the virus, 182 of whom are in intensive care.

Mr Perrottet appeared on Sky News on Sunday morning following reports the government would commit more than $1 billion in economic support for small to medium businesses.

"I want to use our fiscal strength to get businesses through," he said, noting that his government had managed to keep people in work and that the state's hospital system was in "a strong position".

"Yes, as we move through there will be less need for financial aid but when I look at the data I've seen, when I look at some of the challenges we've had with businesses over the summer break, it makes perfect sense from my perspective to provide that support for businesses this time around."

Meanwhile, more than eight million rapid antigen tests have been distributed to over 3000 NSW schools ahead of the start to term one.

Education secretary Georgina Harrisson says the task has been "one of the most challenging logistical undertakings in recent memory".

Parents should already have been informed of how to collect RATs before the first day of classes for public school students on Tuesday.

Those attending private schools went back on Thursday.

The government released its back-to-school plan last weekend, with advice that all students take a rapid test before the first day of term.

As criticism grew over the distribution of tests around the state, Mr Perrottet said on Thursday there was "never a requirement" for students to be rapid tested on day one.

NSW announced 49 deaths and 13,354 new virus cases on Saturday.

Around 95.4 per cent of the state's adult population has now had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine with 94 per cent of those aged 16 and over double-dosed.