'This disease is lethal': Man in his 20s dies from Covid

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A man in his 20s has died after being diagnosed with Covid-19, as the state records 233 new cases.

The man from southwestern Sydney is just the second recorded coronavirus death of someone under 30 years old in Australia.  

"There was a man in his 20s from southwestern Sydney, he died at his home yesterday and he was confirmed case of Covid and was isolating at home," Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Wednesday.

A patient transfer vehicle with a man wearing PPE standing next to it.
A man in his 20s has died after being diagnosed with Covid-19. Source: Getty Images

"Obviously our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones," she continued.

"But it demonstrates again how this disease is lethal, how it affects people of all ages. Unfortunately, the gentleman wasn't vaccinated, hadn't had any dose of the vaccine. As we understand the death happened quite suddenly."

The man is the youngest person to die from Covid in NSW. Last year, a man in Victoria also in his 20s died after testing positive for coronavirus

The man deteriorated 'suddenly'

Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said the man's death had been referred to the coroner.

According to Dr Chant, he was being cared for by South Western Sydney Local Health District during his isolation period, and he’d reached day 13. 

"He was being checked daily and he did complain of feeling a little fatigued but the deterioration happened suddenly is my understanding," she said.

"We are aware that with Covid you can get sudden deaths and I think that is important to understand that your health status can deteriorate and you can have sudden death with COVID infection but obviously the correct course of action will occur."

A woman in her 80s also died after she tested positive for Covid last Tuesday. She was not vaccinated.

The woman, from Sydney’s inner west, passed away at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital yesterday, making it the 16th Covid-related death during the current outbreak.

There are currently 286 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 53 people in intensive care, 23 of whom require ventilation.

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