Unvaccinated man in his 20s dies from Covid-19 in Sydney

New South Wales has recorded its youngest death yet from coronavirus, with a man in his 20s passing away overnight.

It comes as the state reports another 233 local cases in the 24 hours to 8.00 pm yesterday, with at least 47 cases out in the community while infectious.

There were 105,578 COVID-19 tests up on the previous day’s total of 104,536, while 25,470 vaccines were administered.


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There were two new deaths overnight, including the man in his 20s and a woman in her 80s.

Authorities confirmed that the young man was not vaccinated against the virus, and his condition is understood to have deteriorated very quickly.

There was a man in his 20s from south-western Sydney, he died at his home yesterday and he was confirmed case of COVID and was isolating at home,” NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said on Wednesday morning.

“He was being cared for by south-western Sydney local health district during his isolation period and he’d reached the day 13, he was being followed up daily by nursing staff and suddenly deteriorated. 

“That death is also being referred to the coroner as I understand it,” Doctor Chant said.

New South Wales’ death toll from this latest outbreak of coronavirus is now at 17, while 71 have tragically passed away in the state since the beginning of the pandemic.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian says case numbers are still too high, and don’t show any signs of easing while people are still leaving their homes.

As we have seen, people who are vaccinated are staying out of hospital, are staying out of ICU, are helping reduce the spread because they are less contagious,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We can’t stress how important it is for people to come forward and get vaccinated and especially for our communities and we are doing a lot of work on the ground in those eight local government areas to make sure people come forward and get vaccinated.

“The vaccine not only protects, again, in protecting your life and if life of those around you but also reduces the likelihood of you spreading on the very use to others.

“Again, I want to stress every time you leave your house you have to assume you have the virus or anybody you come into contact with has the virus.

“And can I just stress to everybody, that if all of us do the right thing, if all of us follow the health rules we will see those case numbers come down but at this stage they are not. 

“We want to see that turn around as soon as possible,” she said.

Authorities are also urging people around the Newcastle area to come forward for testing, after more positive sewerage results came through there.

Also just wanted to highlight the fact that we are very concerned about the fact that we have had a sewerage detection in the Newcastle system,” Doctor Kerry Chant said.

“So there’s been a detection from the Shortland sewerage treatment plant and the Burwood beach sewerage treatment plan and a lower detection in the Belmont sewerage treatment plant.

“These sewage treatment plants serve in the – a number of areas and we will put those in on the website but a particular call out for all of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie but particularly Birmingham Gardens, Shortland, Maryland, Fletcher, Minmi, Cameron Park, Mayfield, Stockton and Fern Bay.

“It is critical that we can get those testing levels up to really understand as soon as possible whether there is any undiagnosed cases there so we can make the best public health decisions,” she said.