A woman in her late 30s, with no pre-existing health conditions, passed away with COVID-19, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Sunday.
The patient from Sydney CBD died at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital – she was one of two deaths recorded overnight.
The other, a woman in her 70s from south-west Sydney died at Campbelltown Hospital.
“If anybody thinks this is a disease just affecting older people, please think again,” Ms Berejiklian said on Sunday.
“I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to those families, their loved ones who are grieving today, but please note that younger people without pre-existing conditions can also fall victim to this cruel disease.”
NSW recorded 141 cases in the community with 38 cases infectious in the community.
There are currently 141 COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital, with 43 in intensive care, 18 of whom require ventilation.
Of the patients in intensive care, one is in their teens, seven in their 20s, three in their 30s, 14 in their 50s, 12 in their 60s and six in their 70s.
NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty says this virus is affecting people of all ages with a “very serious disease”.
‘Left shaking our heads’
Ms Berejiklian says she’s “absolutely disgusted” and “disappointed” over the protest actions on Saturday.
Thousands of angry, maskless protesters breached COVID-19 restrictions and took to Sydney CBD, demanding an end to the city’s lockdown.
“All of the sacrifices we’ve made over the last three or four weeks in particular have resulted in us being able to stabilise the growth in cases,” she said.
“We don’t want a setback, and yesterday could have been a setback. Time will tell. But I’m just so utterly disgusted, disappointed and heartbroken that people don’t consider the safety and wellbeing of their fellow citizens.
“The vast majority of citizens are doing so well. When all of us see images that we saw yesterday, we are left shaking our heads and feeling so disgusted and let down.”
Extra Pfizer doses
Prime Minister Scott Morrison secured an extra 85 million Pfizer doses for 2022 and 2023.
According to the Daily Telegraph, sixty million doses will be delivered in 2022 with the remaining amount arriving in 2023.
Australia’s deputy chief medical officer Michael Kidd confirmed NSW will get an additional 50,000 supply of the Pfizer vaccine from the national stockpile.
“As the supply of vaccines increases, the commonwealth stands ready to continue to work with the states and territories to support the rollout of vaccines,” he told reporters on Saturday.
“In NSW, the Commonwealth will be providing a sustained weekly increase of an additional 20,000 doses to general practices and an additional 20,000 doses to NSW government clinics on an ongoing basis.
“This is supply of the vaccine that was not already allocated to another state. Victoria said earlier it had no issue with NSW getting some of this supply.”