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Woman, 90, succumbs to COVID-19 hours after positive test

COVID-19 has claimed the life of a 90-year-old Sydney woman who died just hours after testing positive to the virus.

NSW Health says the woman, from south-western Sydney, caught the virus from a family member.

She was admitted to Liverpool Hospital and tested for COVID-19 on Friday, with a positive test being returned early yesterday. Tragically, she succumbed to the virus just hours later.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has publicly extended her condolences to the woman’s family.

“I can’t stress enough that every time we risk breaking the rules or even just going about our business and not getting tested when we need to, the people whose lives and health that we’re risking the most are those closest to us,” she said.

Chief Health Officer, Kerry Chant said the woman had not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

There are currently 52 people being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals across NSW, including 15 in Intensive Care Units, with five requiring ventilation, Dr Chant confirmed today.

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