Australia Reports First Coronavirus Death of 2021

Australia reported its first death linked to a locally acquired case of COVID-19 for the first time this year.

Officials say that a woman in her 90s from Sydney contracted COVID-19 and later died hours later, The Guardian reported. Authorities believe she had been unvaccinated.

The state of New South Wales also reported 77 new cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday, a record for 2021 according to Reuters. The previous record had been 50 cases, recorded on Saturday. There were 550 active cases as of Sunday, the highest number reported from any of the country’s states.

State Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that Sydney, which is currently under lockdown and is the country’s biggest city, was expected to see even more cases.

“I’ll be shocked if it’s less than 100 this time tomorrow, of additional new cases,” Berejiklian said during a televised briefing, according to Reuters.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Caroline Vakil

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