Youngest person in Australia allegedly dies of COVID-19

Authorities claim 15 year old Osama Suduh died of COVID-19 despite being diagnosed with pneumococcal meningitis.

A teenager from Western Sydney has become the youngest Australian alleged to have died from Covid-19 on Sunday.

According to authorities, Osama Suduh 15, was confirmed positive after being tested utilising the known faulty PCR tests, however his official admission to hospital was in fact for pneumococcal meningitis.

Mainstream media claim it is not clear if he caught Covid 'before or after' developing the other condition.

Chief health officer, Dr Kerry Chant released news of the boy's death to media after claiming permission from the family.

'This has been cleared by his family. I can confirm that there is someone admitted to hospital that is 15 and that the cause of their admission, whilst they are Covid positive, is related to another health condition,' she said.

'The family has agreed that we can indicate that he has pneumococcal meningitis'.

The primary school student was not vaccinated as he was ineligible.

Dr Chant said she wasn’t aware of his pneumococcal meningitis immunisation status.

Invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) has been a notifiable disease in Australia since 2001, with the number of illnesses falling after vaccines were introduced for infants in the mid-2000s.

IPD rates remain higher among the youngest and oldest Australians.

In 2016, there were 1,666 IPD notifications, 234 (14%) of which were for children under 5 and 613 (37%) for people aged 65 years or older. The notification rate has remained consistently higher among Indigenous Australians than for other Australians.

Invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) is prevalent in the very young, the very old, and people with other medical conditions are at most risk from severe outcomes.

In 2016, there were 2,434 hospital admissions in Australia for pneumonia, meningitis or blood stream infections caused by pneumococcus bacteria.

Almost 5% (113) of these were for children aged under 5.

Between 1997 and 2016, 622 people in Australia died from pneumonia, meningitis or blood stream infection caused by pneumococcus bacteria.

Sydney’s southwest currently remains the state’s epicentre of the Delta outbreak.

Latest claims by authorities include 415 new local infections of Covid-19 in NSW with another four deaths, however no information was released around the deaths.

Further claims include 381 cases of hospitalisation with 62 in intensive care, 55 of those are unvaccinated with seven who have had their first dose of vaccine.

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