Sydney COVID death: Virus victim Adriana Midori Takara’s friends pay tribute
Friends have paid tribute to 38-year-old Adriana Midori Takara, who died from COVID-19 in Sydney over the weekend.
The Brazilian national, who was studying Sydney's Kaplan Business School, contracted the virus on Thursday July 15.
She died in Royal Prince Alfred Hospital just ten days later.
Ms Takara, who had no pre-existing conditions, has been described as “the brightest star”.
“Adriana is a daughter, sister, aunty, niece and specially a friend. An amazing friend, not only my friend but friend of so many people,” Fernanda Ferreira Batista posted on Facebook on Sunday.
“Adriana is not a number, she is a woman with dreams and wishes.
“Tonight when you look at the sky, it will be brighter and the shiniest star will be my friend is peace away of all this madness.
“Our good buy (sic) wasn’t the way I would wish it should be, but at least I was able to see you.
“I can’t thank enough all the doctors for doing their best.”
According to another friend’s Facebook post, Ms Takara and her boyfriend were unvaccinated when they contracted the virus.
The post claimed Ms Takara, who was in “good health with no underlying health issues”, developed chest pains after contracting COVID.
The post also said she underwent surgery before going into intensive care, when her family made a decision to switch off her life support.
“All goodbyes were said via Zoom to audiences in Australia and Brazil,” the post read.
Ms Takara was one of two people who were reported to have died on Sunday amid Sydney’s outbreak. The other woman was aged in her 70s.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian pleaded for young people to adhere to lockdown measures and seek out a vaccine.
“If anybody thinks this is a disease just affecting older people, please think again,” Berejiklian said on Sunday.
“Younger people without pre-existing conditions can also fall victim to this cruel disease.”
She again pointed to vaccination as a way out of the outbreak — which was at odds with Mr Morrison, who said getting more vaccines into Sydney was not the solution to its outbreak.
“There is no vaccine solution that’s going to do that — the lockdown is what is going to do it,” he said. He said Australia had secured 85 million booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine that would start arriving next year.”
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