A woman in her 50s from south-west Sydney has died of Covid and police are investigating the fifth death linked to the current Delta outbreak.
The death was announced Monday afternoon after emergency services discovered her body earlier in the day while attending a home in Green Valley. Officers had responded to reports of a “welfare concern”.
A NSW police spokesman said: “An investigation has been launched and a report will be prepared for the coroner”.
The NSW health department expressed “its sincere condolences to her family and friends”.
“NSW Health is sadly reporting today the death of a woman in her 50s who was a confirmed case of Covid-19,” a spokesperson said. “She was a resident of South West Sydney and a close contact with a Covid case.”
Sydney media reported that the woman was the mother of two of a group of three movers who had reportedly traveled to Molong in the central west of the state for work after one of them initially tested positive for Covid. The men were escorted back to Sydney.
NSW Police said they spoke to four men – one aged 21, two aged 27 and a 49-year-old – in Molong on Friday afternoon after receiving information that the movers had traveled there from Sydney.
“It is alleged that three of the men traveled to Molong after being told they had tested positive for Covid-19,” a police spokesman said on Saturday. “Police escorted all the men and their vehicles back to Sydney, where they have been ordered to isolate for 14 days.”
The younger three men were paid court visits for allegedly failing to adhere to health regulations.
The exact circumstances surrounding the woman’s death remain unclear.
NSW health authorities earlier on Monday announced 98 new locally acquired cases of Covid recorded from 75,845 tests taken in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday. As many as 44 of the new cases were contagious while in the community.
The NSW health officer, Dr. Kerry Chant, said vaccinating children would play “a key role” in vaccine rollouts in the state because of the increased infectivity among children of the Delta variant. She also said booster vaccinations would be needed by 2022.
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian reiterated that lowering the number of contagious cases in the community was “the number we really want to urge” to lift the lockdown.
“We need to get ahead of that number to reduce the number of cases in the community and the closer we get that number to zero, the sooner we can end the lockdown,” Berejiklian said.
The prime minister also called on those observing Eid al-Adha to celebrate it in accordance with the lockdown restrictions. “We need families who stay in their parental home and don’t move from home to home,” she said.
As of June 16, 1,340 cases have been linked to Sydney’s current outbreak. There are currently 82 people with Covid-19 in hospital, 24 of whom are in intensive care, seven of whom are on a ventilator.