Tragic new details of NSW COVID-19 victim Aude Alaskar’s final moments after his death in Sydney
New details have emerged after a 27-year-old man with no underlying health conditions became Sydney’s youngest COVID victim in the current outbreak.
Aude Alaskar had been isolating at his Liverpool home for 13 days after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
Watch his neighbours recall the ‘commotion’ in the video player above
He had been in regular contact with nursing staff and had complained of feeling “a little fatigued”.
But on Tuesday, his condition deteriorated and he collapsed with paramedics unable to revive him.
“He was with another person, you can imagine the trauma for that other person,” Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said.
That person was his wife of only a few months, aged care worker Yasmin.
A neighbour told 7NEWS she heard her “crying, shouting and howling”.
“After that there was really a commotion of police,” the neighbour said.
The couple tested positive for COVID-19 on July 21 and Yasmin is now in hospital.
Aude had not been vaccinated and it remains unclear whether his wife was.
A woman in her 80s also died in Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on Tuesday, bringing the death toll in the seven-week Sydney outbreak to 17.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the man’s death “demonstrates again how this disease is lethal, how it affects people of all ages”.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the tragedy should prompt people 18 and over to consult their GP or pharmacist about whether to get the AstraZeneca vaccine.
“Go and get it,” he said on Wednesday.
“Sadly we just heard one young person, in his 20s, has passed away which I think emphasises what we have been saying now for quite some time about two-thirds of all of our cases are currently under 40 years,” he added.
“It’s a very serious issue.”
There were 233 new cases reported in New South Wales on Wednesday morning.