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An accounting student in her 30s is being remembered as a valued friend and woman with dreams after her shock death from COVID-19 this weekend.
Adriana Midori Takara, a 38-year-old Brazilian national studying accounting at Sydney’s Kaplan Business School, had no underlying health conditions but deteriorated quickly after contracting the virus.
The case has renewed warnings about the danger posed to people of all ages as the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus continues to spread.
Ms Takara died on Saturday night at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, one of eight deaths linked to the current outbreak in NSW.
Fernanda Ferreira Batista, identifying herself as a friend of Ms Takara, said the woman was a much-loved daughter, sister, auntie, niece and friend.
“Since COVID-19 started all we hear is about numbers. Numbers of cases, numbers of infections, numbers of vaccines, numbers of deaths,” Ms Batista said in a Facebook tribute posted on Sunday.
“Well, Adriana is not a number. An amazing friend, not only my friend but friend of so many people.”
She said her friend, originally from Sao Paulo, was a “woman with dreams and wishes”.
Jules Pedrosa, a migration agent in Sydney with ties to Ms Takara, said the woman’s partner, friends and family were not able to visit in her final hours.
“All goodbyes were said via Zoom to audiences in Australia and Brazil,” Mr Pedrosa said.
Speaking on Sunday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned young people they were vulnerable to the virus.
“If anybody thinks this is a disease just affecting older people, please think again,” she said.
“Again, I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to those families, their loved ones who are grieving today, but please note that younger people without pre-existing conditions can also fall victim to this cruel disease.”
NSW Health’s Jeremy McAnulty said a teenager was one of 43 people in intensive care.
Another seven were in their 20s, three were in their 30s, 14 in their 50s, 12 in their 60s and six in their 70s.
“So this is affecting people of all ages with very serious disease,” he said.
The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation, the federal government’s expert advisory body on vaccines, has updated its advice for young people in Sydney in response to the growing risk posed by the Delta strain.
“All individuals aged 18 years and above in greater Sydney, including adults under 60 years of age, should strongly consider getting vaccinated with any available vaccine including COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca,” the group said in a statement.
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