Connie Dunbar, 88, died after contracting Covid from a nurse at Cavalry Haydon Retirement Community in Canberra, Australia. According to her daughter, Ms. Dunbar was double vaccinated. No underlying conditions reported.
A Current Affair presenter Ms. Knight – who is also a former Ten news presenter and Today host in Australia – broke the news of the family tragedy on air.
‘My mother-in-law passed away overnight. Connie Dunbar was her name, a wonderful, wonderful woman. Ms. Knight said.
‘Connie moved to Australia from Scotland as a young woman, and she raised her family here in Australia – her children Jenny and my husband Lindsay,’ she added.
“Connie was fully vaccinated, but she couldn’t beat Covid. She passed away just after 11.30 last night. “
“She didn’t have any real symptoms. She didn’t have a temperature. She didn’t have trouble breathing, but she just was asleep the entire time.”
“She couldn’t wake up and couldn’t beat it, and she will be sadly, sadly missed.”
‘Behind every single death, and behind every single number is a grieving family. Much loved people and their families miss them dearly,’ she said.
‘Covid is cruel. And for anyone doubting how cruel it is, or even questioning whether Covid is real, I can tell you, it is all too real.
‘If you’re still hedging on getting vaccinated, that very simple act, with plenty of vaccine options, plenty of availability, it can stop more families like mine from grieving and mourning the loss of a much-loved family member, like Connie Dunbar.
‘So if not for yourself, do it for others.’
She added: ‘My thoughts today are very much with Connie and all of those many people who did love her, and the many lives she touched in her 88 years.’
The ACT recorded 28 new cases and three deaths on Monday but that did not include Ms. Dunbar’s death, which was one of two to occur after the 8pm data cut off, so will be included in Tuesday’s figures.