A Canberra man in his 20s has died from COVID-19 in a Sydney hospital, he was fully vaccinated and had no underlying health conditions.
NSW Health on Thursday said the man, who had received two doses of a vaccine, died at St Vincent’s Hospital. He was one of six people to die from COVID-19 in the latest reporting period.
NSW reported 34,994 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.
“He had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine and had no known underlying health conditions,” NSW Health said in a statement.
“NSW Health expresses its sincere condolences to their loved ones,” the state said in a statement.
There were four other men and one woman who died on Wednesday in NSW, they were aged in their 60s, 80s and 90s.
Two were from the Lake Macquarie area and three were from Western Sydney.
There were 16 people in Canberra hospitals at 8 pm on Tuesday night with COVID-19, including one person in intensive care who required ventilation support.
Up to 60 patients could be treated in ACT hospitals with COVID from next week, modeling has shown.
Meanwhile, Canberrans will be asked to do more to identify their contacts if they test positive for COVID-19 and assess the risk of their exposure if they encounter a case, as health authorities ready the ACT to manage more than 1000 new cases a day.
The changes come as significant community transmission of the Omicron variant takes hold in the ACT, driving a fast rise in people testing positive for the virus and needing care. However, health authorities have not recommended tightening restrictions.
Chief health officer Dr. Kerryn Coleman on Wednesday said the virus was predominantly transmitting at social gatherings and she recommended Canberrans limit the number of people they interacted with to reduce their risk of contracting the virus.
She said there had been 40 high-risk settings with at least one exposure, but onward transmission had been lower than in previous outbreaks.
“We do know that we will now exceed well over 1000 cases a day. I’m just waiting for that day and it will come soon. But what this means is we need the community to help us out a little bit more,” Dr. Coleman said.
“We need you to let know other people around you if you have received a positive COVID test or if they have been exposed to COVID. We won’t be able to continue to do this for everybody.”