Hazzard urges COVID suspects to ‘seek medical help’ as NSW records eight deaths

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard urged suspected COVID-positive patients to avoid running the “risk of dying” and “seek medical help” after the state recorded eight deaths on Saturday.

Health authorities are increasingly concerned about reluctance from some parts of the community to get tested for the virus after a man in his 30s and another in his 40s died at home overnight before posthumously testing positive for the virus.

Minister Hazzard said the pandemic has highlighted “inequities in our community”.

“There have been a number of people die at home who have never even come to the attention of New South Wales Health, or, in some cases, not even to a GP,” he said.

“Certainly in parts of Sydney, particularly in the southwest and west, I think, there is a lot of pressure; this is a virus that is highlighting some of the inequities in our community.

“I think there is a reluctance, in many instances, for people to want to actually tell us that they are actually not well because they want to go on earning income.

“Please, please, please, don’t run the risk of dying: seek medical help.”