Sumith Premachandra (photo) died after contracting the corona virus
A 55-year-old healthcare provider is the youngest person to die of the coronavirus in Australia.
Sumith Premachandra, a father of two from Rowville, southeast Melbourne, died alone at Dandenong Hospital on Sunday after contracting the deadly respiratory infection.
The ‘charismatic’ nurse worked in the disability sector and was on the frontline before the diagnosis was made.
There were at least 5,795 known cases of coronavirus in Australia on Monday evening, including 41 deaths.
Mr. Premachandra’s family was hospitalized when he died, but was unable to be in his room due to social detachments to protect them.
His daughters, Sharyn and Gillain Gaetano, shared a tribute to their late father and urged young Australians to take COVID-19 seriously.
“He was on the front lines as a health worker, as a nurse with a disability, and he loved his job,” said Sharyn 9News.
For those of you who don’t take COVID-19 seriously, it may be hard not to see your friends and family right now, but you can choose to isolate now or possibly live with the heartbreak to keep them forever. lose ‘, read another tribute online.
The beloved father of two was a charismatic health worker working in the disability sector
There have been more than 5,795 confirmed coronavirus cases in Australia, including 41 fatalities
They described their father as “the most charismatic, kind-hearted, generous, hilarious, sweet, divine and caring man you would ever meet.”
“Our hearts are broken into millions of pieces.”
Sharyn said her father lit the room. Our lives will never be the same again. ‘
Mr. Premachandra’s death took the state’s toll to 10, while the nation’s death toll rose to 41 Monday night.
Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos announced on Monday that two people – including Mr. Premachandra – died overnight from the coronavirus.
His daughters, Sharyn and Gillain Gaetano, shared a tribute to their late father and urged young Australians to take COVID-19 seriously
Pictured: hospital staff covered with protective equipment while working in a special COVID-19 testing clinic in South Australia
The other was an 80-year-old woman who died in her home.
An 80-year-old man in Western Australia also died after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
He was a passenger on the cruise ship Ruby Princess, which docked in Sydney Harbor on March 19 and released at least 612 infected passengers from the ship, including 12 who have since died.
Meanwhile, a nursing home in north Sydney, initially called the epicenter of the virus in Australia in New South Wales, revealed that a sixth nurse had died of the disease.
The 90-year-old lived in the Dorothy Henderson Lodge in Macquarie Park.
Mr. Premachandra’s death brings the state to 10 and the national death toll to 41
A health professional wearing protective clothing before treating a patient in Melbourne
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 5795
New South Wales: 2637
Western Australia: 460
South Australia: 409
Australian Capital Territory: 96
Northern Territory: 28
TOTAL CASES: 5,795
BaptistCare, the company that owns the aged care facility, announced the “heartbreaking” news on Monday evening.
“I sat on the phone with the resident’s family this afternoon and I mourn their loss. Our residents are not just numbers; they are beloved individuals in our care and the reason we exist, “said Ross Low, CEO of BaptistCare.
“It is heartbreaking to let another resident lose their life to this virus.
“Our caregivers and those who are part of Dorothy Henderson Lodge do their utmost to take care of our residents, as well as their own families.”
Dorothy Henderson Lodge has 16 residents and five employees who tested positive for COVID-19.