Western NSW records its third Indigenous COVID-19 death

Aneela SiddiquiWeb Editor

08th Sep, 2021. 12:20 pm
Western NSW

After getting the Delta variant of COVID-19, a third Indigenous person from Western NSW has died.

The Aboriginal man, who was in his 60s from Dubbo, died overnight in Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

“He was not vaccinated and had some significant underlying health conditions,” NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Marianne Gale said.

Dugald Saunders, a Dubbo MP, expressed his condolences to the man’s family.

“Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends and the entire community at this extremely difficult time,” he said.

“This is never an easy thing to mention, but it is one of stark realities around COVID-19.”

“Out of respect, we won’t be providing any more detail at this point in time.”

In the most recent reporting period, the Western NSW Local Health District recorded 27 new cases of COVID-19.

The Dubbo Local Government Area had seventeen of them.

NSW records 1,480 new COVID-19 cases and nine deaths

NSW recorded 1,480 new infections, health officials warned that they are “concerned” about escalating COVID-19 case numbers in some of Sydney’s most densely populated inner city suburbs.

Deaths of  COVID-19 in NSW have now exceeded 200 since the outbreak began, with nine more deaths in the reporting period.

There have been a total of 204 COVID-19 fatalities in the state, with 148 of those deaths occurring since the Delta outbreak began in June

“We encourage residents of those areas to come forward for vaccination as soon as you can,” NSW deputy chief health officer Marianne Gale said.

“So please, if you live in those suburbs, come forward to get vaccinated,” Dr Gale said.

Dr Gale said a man aged in his 20s from Western Sydney died at Nepean Hospital.

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