Mum-of-four in her 30s identified as latest Covid victim

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Tributes have rolled in for a mother aged in her 30s who died of Covid-19 this week amid Sydney's devastating Covid-19 outbreak.

On Friday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced 12 people had died along with 1431 new Covid-19 cases.

Jamila Yaghi, from Guildford, was among the 12. She died in her south western Sydney home on September 1 and health authorities are investigating how she acquired Covid-19.

Granville Labor MP, Julia Finn, paid tribute to Ms Yaghi on social media, saying the young mother was "deeply engaged in the community".

Mother of four, Jamila Yaghi, aged in her 30s, died of Covid-19.  Source: Facebook/Julia Finn MP
Mother of four, Jamila Yaghi, aged in her 30s, died of Covid-19. Source: Facebook/Julia Finn MP

"She leaves behind 4 children and an extended family and many, many friends who loved her dearly," Ms Finn said.

In the comments of the Facebook post, one person said they went to high school with Ms Yaghi and said she was "always the life of the party, such a fun and happy person".

"So sad to hear this news," they wrote.

"Sending my thoughts to her family."

Another friend on Facebook said they were in "shock" following the news of Ms Yaghi's death.

"I can’t believe what I have been seeing, I’m still in shock, you were an amazing friend," they said.

Covid cases yet to peak in NSW

The daily cases in NSW takes the total of active locally-acquired cases to over 21,200 and it is expected cases will peak in the coming fortnight.

"It is not the number of cases we need to be focusing on but how many of those cases end up in our intensive care wards and hospitals and how many people we have vaccinated," Gladys Berejiklian told reporters on Friday.

Nine of those who died were from south west Sydney, including Ms Yaghi.

In her tribute to the mother, Ms Finn pointed out Guildford, in the Cumberland LGA, still remains an area of concern.

NSW recorded 1431 new Covid-19 infections on Friday, the highest number any Australian state or territory has ever recorded. Source: AAP
NSW recorded 1431 new Covid-19 infections on Friday, the highest number any Australian state or territory has ever recorded. Source: AAP

"I’ve repeatedly requested more local health resources so we know as soon as possible who needs a test and the test results," Ms Finn said. 

"I can’t wait for lockdown to end and I don’t want to see us left behind stuck in lockdown or with rolling business closures with continuing exposure to a deadly disease."

The premier said her government would next week release its detailed plans for the health system as Covid cases accumulate in the coming months, with predictions it will come under the most pressure in October.

While the NSW health system can surge to 2000 ICU beds and an equivalent number of ventilators, unions and frontline healthcare staff have expressed concerns that staffing levels are not sufficient to manage this scenario.

With AAP

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