Man in 20s dies with Covid at home

A Victorian man aged in his 20s has died with Covid-19 at home as case numbers and hospitalisation rates continue to surge.

A Victorian man aged in his 20s has died with Covid-19 at home.

The man, from the local government area of Hume in Melbourne’s north, was one of two deaths announced by the health department on Tuesday morning.

The other was a woman in her 80s from Brimbank in Melbourne’s west.

The number of Victorian lives lost to Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic now stands at 826.

Deputy Prmeier James Merlino said it was “very, very sad”.

“We extend our sympathies to the families of both those Victorians,” he said.

Health department deputy secretary Kate Matson said the man died at home and authorities didn’t know he had coronavirus until a post-mortem was conducted.

“The death of the gentleman in his 20s is extraordinarily sad,” she said.

“Unfortunately, we are aware he died of Covid due to post-mortem analysis, he wasn’t a case we were aware of.

“We’re getting information from the coroner ongoing to try to provide support to this family.”

Ms Matson said they weren’t aware of any pre-existing medical conditions at this stage and there were strong indications from the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine that he died of Covid-19.

“We’re classifying it as a Covid death, if further investigations uncover anything else, we’ll reclassify,” she said.

Covid-19 hospital admissions have surged in Victoria as the state recorded another 445 new locally acquired cases on Tuesday.

The health department also revealed another 316 mystery infections, with only 129 of the new cases linked to existing outbreaks.

They did not say how many cases were in isolation during their infectious period.

There was a significant jump in mystery cases on Tuesday, up 45 from 271 on Monday.

The outbreak continues to hit Victoria’s younger population the worst with 85 per cent of the state’s active cases younger than 50.

It comes as hospital admissions for Covid-19 patients reached 158 on Tuesday, up from 147 on Sunday, as the state’s outbreak worsens despite a sixth lockdown.

Mr Merlino said 45 of the 158 patients were receiving intensive care, up from 38, with 23 needing ventilation.

He said 89 per cent of the hospitalised patients were unvaccinated, while the remaining 11 per cent had one dose.

None of the hospitalised patients were fully vaccinated.

No new cases were recorded in hotel quarantine on Tuesday. More than 17,000 primary close contacts remain in isolation in Victoria.

There are now 3799 active cases in Victoria.

Originally published as Victorian man in his 20s dies with Covid at home as 445 new cases reported

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