Victoria man in his 20s dies from Covid at home

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  • 445 new locally-acquired Covid cases

  • Two deaths, including a man in his 20s

  • Additional mental health support for Victorians

A Covid-positive man aged in his 20s has died in Victoria, along with a woman aged in her 80s.

Victoria's Deputy Premier James Merlino expressed his sympathies to the loved ones of the two.

"The death of the gentleman in his 20s is extraordinarily sad and we do pass on our sympathies to his loved ones," health department deputy secretary Kate Matson said. 

She said there is little information known about the man and authorities became aware of his Covid infection during the post-mortem analysis.

Victoria recorded 445 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday and two deaths. Source: AAP
Victoria recorded 445 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday and two deaths. Source: AAP

Ms Matson added they were not aware of the man's case and confirmed he died at home.

The man's death is under investigation, though a post-mortem confirmed the man had Covid-19 and the state is currently considering his death to be Covid-related.

He becomes just the fifth Covid death of an Australian under 30 years old.

The state's death toll from the current outbreak climbed to six.

On Tuesday Victoria recorded 445 new Covid-19 infections, with only 129 linked to known cases and outbreaks. There are now 3,799 active Covid cases in the state.

Mr Merlino echoed the health ministers comments from Monday stressing the vast majority of cases in the state are under 50 years old.

There are currently 158 people in hospital with Covid-19 in Victoria, 45 of which are in the ICU and 23 are on a ventilator.

Victoria announces additional mental health support

Mr Merlino announced $22 million in additional support for Victoria, including about $13 million to deliver 20 pop-up community mental health services in Melbourne and regional Victoria.

"Some Victorians have been really struggling, whether that's through isolation, financial stress, illness and indeed loss of life or loss of a loved one," Mr Merlino said.

Some 90 dedicated clinicians will provide 93,000 additional hours of wellbeing checks and counselling to Victorians in need of support.

A hotline number and a dedicated website will also be created, with another $4 million to provide additional care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

While data from the Victorian Coroner's Court shows there have been fewer suicides in the state compared to this time last year, there has been a slight increase in suicides in young women.

The data shows from the start of 2021 until August 31, there have been 439 suicides in the state, compared to 493 in the same time period in 2020.

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Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

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