The 53rd person to die from COVID-19 in New South Wales has been identified as Sydney’s grandmother, Jamilie Joseph.
Joseph, who is 80, died Wednesday in intensive care, separated from the comfort of his family.
She was an enthusiastic and active member of her community and her church – Our Lady of Lebanon in Harris Park – which is at the center of one of the state’s main coronavirus clusters.
The church has now been linked with 25 cases of COVID-19.
A mass will be held on Friday, within the limits of the restrictions, to say goodbye to him.
But some family members will not be allowed to come and say goodbye because they too are battling COVID-19 or are in isolation.
“She was a very, very lovely woman – and loved everyone,” one woman told 7NEWS.
“For a community that has been through all of this – and what has happened in Lebanon as well – it is just devastating,” said another.
“She still walks this road with her son. Every morning, she comes to say hello, ”recalls one man.
“It’s very sad.”
It is the 53rd death in the state and brings the national death toll to 361.
The last coronavirus-related death in New South Wales was on August 1, when an 83-year-old man died.
He contracted the virus after being associated with the Crossroads Hotel cluster in Casula.
There are 12 new cases tonight – five have returned from overseas – four have been attributed to known outbreaks – but three are unrelated.