/ 31 August 2021

A day of COVID firsts

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• Australia’s national coronavirus death toll passed 1,000 yesterday. In total, 1,003 people have died from the virus, including 820 in Victoria and 149 in NSW.

• NSW reported another daily case record of 1,290 – the highest number of confirmed cases on a single day anywhere in Oz since the pandemic’s start. Premier Gladys Berejiklian yesterday said the worst could be yet to come with October shaping up to be a shocker for hospitalisations.

• And yesterday, it was confirmed that Gary Dunn became the first Indigenous Australian to die from the virus. He was from Dubbo, NSW, in his 50s, unvaccinated, and had a range of health problems, reports this morning say. Indigenous people were prioritised in the vaccination rollout when it started in March, but rates are low, including in the Central West of NSW where a Delta outbreak is worrying locals and officials.

Image source: NCA NewsWire/ Gaye Gerard

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