A woman in her 30s died of Covid-19 on Sunday, as New South Wales announced 141 instances and the state leader urged anti-lockdown demonstrators they should “be embarrassed” of themselves.
Gladys Berejiklian stated on Sunday that two persons in the state, a woman in her 70s and a woman in her 30s, had died from Covid-19 in the previous 24 hours.
The premier pointed out that the younger woman, who was a patient at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, had no pre-existing medical issues that would have made her more susceptible to the virus.
“Anyone who believes this is an illness that only affects the elderly should reconsider. Again, my greatest condolences to the families and loved ones who are suffering today, but please keep in mind that young individuals without pre-existing problems can be victims of this awful disease,” she said.
As the illness spread, NSW Health’s Dr. Jeremy McAnulty highlighted one unauthorised family gathering in Sydney.
He claimed that a group of 50 bereaved persons assembled, unwittingly spreading Delta to other homes.
“We know at least 50 people were at that event, and we now have 28 cases linked to that gathering,” he said.
“So we’ve been working with community leaders in that region to make sure that folks who were there were isolated and tested.”
“This is a bereaved family who has banded together to assist one another… It’s a sign of how perilous it is to bring people from different families together.”
The total number of new local cases in NSW overnight was 141, down from 163 on Saturday, although at least 62 of Sunday’s newly diagnosed persons were circulating in the community for all or part of their infectious period, according to Berejiklian.
In NSW, 43 patients are in critical care, with 18 of them requiring ventilation.
One adolescent, seven persons in their twenties, and three adults in their thirties are among the group.
Victoria has recorded 11 new Covid-19 cases that have been acquired locally.
All of them, however, were kept in quarantine for the duration of their sickness.
The new cases, according to health officials, are all linked to ongoing epidemics.
Premier Daniel Andrews said it’s too soon to say whether the state’s lockdown would be lifted on Tuesday.
“There are still a few days left… Things are going good at this point.”
Meanwhile, three new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in South Australia, all of whom are under tight home quarantine.
Premier Steven Marshall stated that the state is on schedule to remove the lockdown on Tuesday night as planned.
The NSW premier used her first press conference since thousands of anti-lockdown protesters defied lockdown regulations to march through Sydney’s streets, claiming she was “extremely horrified” by their actions.
“It shattered my heart. It simply crushed my heart that people had such a disrespect for their fellow citizens,” she added, adding that “millions and millions of people across our state are doing the right thing.”
“I’m sure each of those who demonstrated unlawfully has loved ones. They’re going to go home and risk spreading the illness to their family and friends.”
“Thank you to everyone who is doing the right thing; those of you who aren’t should be ashamed of yourselves.”
In the last 24 hours, NSW police have issued 510 penalty violation notices, with the “overwhelming bulk” stemming from Saturday’s demonstration.
“They were issued to] people whose behaviour in and around Sydney yesterday could only be described as violent, dirty, hazardous behaviour, which police will continue to investigate,” said deputy police commissioner Gary Worboys.
“Right now, a strike force is in place, and people are being asked to bring forwards any video files or phone recordings they have of that type of behaviour.”
In the aftermath of an anti-lockdown rally in central Sydney, two men will appear in court, accused of assaulting a police horse among other things.
Over the weekend’s protest, 57 people have been charged and 90 infringement notices have been issued, and a police strike team has been formed to track down those who took part.
Sadly, NSW Health has been notified of two COVID-related deaths in the early hours of this morning.
— NSW Health (@NSWHealth) July 25, 2021