Young not immune to COVID-19 as four fight for life

Young not immune to COVID-19 as four fight for life

Health authorities have warned young people to heed the advice about social distancing and other measures, as four patients in their 30s fight for life in intensive care. It comes as NSW confirmed 104 new cases of COVID-19 overnight, bringing the state's total to 2493. LIVE COVERAGE

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in NSW are fast approaching 2500 with 104 new positive cases announced by Health Minister Brad Hazzard this morning.

The new cases, which are measured as of 8pm last night, take the total number in the state to 2493. Twelve people have died from the virus in NSW, their ages ranging from 67 to 95.

More than 40 patients are currently in intensive care units, with 23 on ventilators.

Four of those in ICU were in their 30s, prompting NSW chief medical officer Professor Kerry Chant to warn the virus can have a significant effect on patients of any age.

"While this disease is generally milder in younger age groups, no one in the community has protection or underlying immunity to this new virus," Dr Chant said.

"We will expect to see severe consequences for some people in the younger age groups," she said.

"So it is important.. that we, across all age brackets, heed the advice about social distancing and other measures."

Mr Hazzard also announced he had amended some of the restrictions that were in place.

Funerals, which had been restricted to 10 people including staff and the celebrant, can now have 10 attendees plus funeral home employees and the person conducting the funeral.Changes were also made to clarify rules around caravan park usage.

Mr Hazzard said such accommodation could still be used overnight for travellers, workers in the local community and those who didn't have access to their usual address - most notably those who lost their homes during the devastating bushfires over the summer.

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