Shocked neighbors have described the shocking moment when they heard the screams that marked the death of Victoria’s first Covid fatality this year.
Residents have revealed they heard ‘yelling and crying’ when the woman, 49, died Tuesday at her home on Henderson Street in Melbourne’s northern suburb of Northcote.
The woman’s death marks the state’s first coronavirus fatality in 2021, bringing the death toll to 822 people since the start of the pandemic.
Residents have revealed they heard ‘yelling and crying’ as the woman, 49, died Tuesday at her home on Henderson Street in Northcote (pictured)
The woman’s death in the Melbourne suburb marks the first fatality from the coronavirus in 2021, bringing the death toll to 822 people since the start of the pandemic (pictured, a testing facility in Shepparton)
During Victoria’s Covid update on Wednesday, it was announced that another woman in her 60s had died of the virus at her home in Hume, in the city’s northwest.
Northcote resident Sandy Young said locals were forced to dial triple zero around 2am on Tuesday after hearing horrifying screams from the residence.
“There was screaming and crying in our street,” Ms Young posted on social media.
Neighbors called 911, they had no idea what was going on.
“We will probably never really know why this tragedy happened right under our noses. I am very tired.
“Many neighbors witnessed this terrible event. We are a narrow street, unfortunately not close enough. Tragic.’
Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the woman’s loved ones were not aware she was infected with the virus at the time of her death.
The state coroner has confirmed the 49-year-old woman was Covid positive.
Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton (pictured) said the woman’s loved ones were not aware she was infected with the virus at the time of her death.
It was announced during Victoria’s Covid update on Wednesday that another woman, aged in her 60s, had died of the virus at her home in Hume, in the city’s northwest (pictured, Melbourne)
Mrs. Young told the Herald Sun she believed the woman had lived with a young male child and said the family had been good neighbors.
The harrowing screams heard in the suburban street are known to have come from another woman, believed to be an elderly relative of the deceased.
Both Covid-19 deaths were treated at home and it is not yet known why they were not hospitalized with their conditions or if they were vaccinated.
The six crew members who visited the home in Northcote have since been temporarily withdrawn from their duties, but are not expected to be at risk of contamination.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the families and communities involved and we will work with them to give them the support and guidance they need in the coming days,” Victoria Health said in a statement.
“We know that the symptoms of Covid-19 can get worse quickly. If this happens to you (or someone you know or live with) and you need help, get medical help. If it’s an emergency, call Triple Zero.”
The six crew members who attended the home in Northcote have since been temporarily withdrawn from their duties, but are believed not to be at risk of infection (pictured, a testing facility in Shepparton)
The two died as Victoria registered 120 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, including a disturbing 56 mysterious infections (pictured, a test site in western Melbourne)
After going to the home of the deceased 49-year-old woman early Tuesday morning, the Herald Sun reported that paramedics and police were back at the house at about 7 a.m. to treat a family member.
The person was taken to hospital in stable condition, but is believed not to be infected with the virus.
The two died as Victoria registered 120 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, including a disturbing 56 mysterious infections.
Wednesday’s numbers – the most since August 30, 2020 – come as Victoria comes to the end of a fourth week of lockdown – the state’s sixth since the start of the pandemic.
They were diagnosed from 56,501 tests and 33,455 doses of vaccine were administered on Tuesday.