A Victorian child with “serious comorbidities” has become to youngest person in Australia to die with COVID-19.
The state health department reported the child’s death on Saturday, one of five newly reported deaths related to the disease.
“The child aged under 10 years, who died with COVID-19, also had other serious comorbidities,” the department said in a release on Saturday.
The department did not specify the child’s age or the extent of their other conditions but did say they were under the age of 10.
Australia had not previously recorded a COVID-19 death in the 0-9 age bracket, with one death in the 10-19 group.
The other people reported dead in Victoria on Saturday were in their 80s and 90s.
There have been 1273 COVID-19 deaths in the state since the pandemic began.
Victoria recorded another 1166 new cases in the 24 hours to midnight, a decrease on the previous day.
Victoria’s active COVID-19 caseload has dipped dramatically, despite reporting 1166 new infections and a further five virus-related deaths, a decrease from the previous day.
The state’s active number of cases dropped by more than 4000 to 9581 active coronavirus cases.