A man in his 80s has died of COVID-19 at St George Hospital - the first death reported in the area since the current outbreak began on June 16.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the man's death at this morning's NSW Government COVID-19 press conference.
Ms Berejiklian said the man had one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and had "underlying medical issues", but "every single death is an horrendous tragedy".
NSW Health's Dr Marianne Gale said the man, from South Eastern Sydney, was "also being treated for another serious medical illness".
"I would also like to extend my sympathies on behalf of NSW to the family of that man who has passed away," she said.
The death was the only one recorded to the 24 hours to 8pm last night, and brings the total number of NSW deaths since the current outbreak began to 61.
There are 474 people in hospital battling COVID-19, of which 82 are in intensive care and 25 are on ventilators.
NSW recorded 681 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.
More to come.
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