The 24-year-old, unvaccinated Londoner dies of COVID as the danger of a pandemic persists: prime physician

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A man in his twenties has died of COVID-19, officials said Thursday – one of the youngest local victims of the pandemic.

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Heather Rivers

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May 28, 2021 • • 1 day ago • • Read for 2 minutes Dr.  Chris Mackie, the London-Middlesex Medical Health Officer.  File photo Dr. Chris Mackie, the London-Middlesex Medical Health Officer. File photo

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An unvaccinated 24-year-old man from the London area has died of COVID-19, health officials said Thursday – one of the youngest local victims of the pandemic.

“It’s a shock this week to see another death in such a young person,” said Chris Mackie, medical health officer for the Middlesex-London Health Unit, during a news conference Thursday.

“This is a poignant reminder that young people need to be vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and everyone in their community,” he said. “Please let us bring as many young poor people as possible to the clinic. We now have space to book. “

Mackie said while the health unit has no other information about the man’s medical history, there is a coroner investigating the death.

“There is no doubt that COVID is a cause of death and there may be others that the coroner will determine,” he said.

The 24-year-old local’s death is one of the youngest in the London area. The youngest was 18-year-old Owen Brandies, who passed away earlier this month.

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Mayor Ed Holder described the recent death as a “sobering reminder” that young people are still vulnerable to COVID-19.

“Just a few weeks ago, a young man from our community died after contracting the virus. It happens and will continue to happen when people are not vaccinated, ”he said.

49 new cases were recorded in London and Middlesex Counties on Thursday, a relatively low number that highlights positive local trends in terms of virus spread.

There were details, however: some new variants were also recorded, including, for the first time, the South African variant and two sublines of the Indian B.1.617 double mutant.

“We’re still learning around the world what the Indian double mutant line means,” said Mackie. “We don’t have good data on the vaccine’s effectiveness against the Indian mutant, mainly because it’s relatively new and we’ve seen so few cases. We don’t have a good answer right now. “

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South African variants behave similarly to the British variants, Mackie said.

“There is a bit of an increase in prevalence and a slight decrease in the effectiveness of the vaccine, but it is still very effective against the South African,” he said.

The daily number of new local cases has been below three-digit numbers locally for almost three weeks. The local pandemic is 12,126 cases and 218 deaths.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario rose for the second year in a row on Thursday. 1,135 new cases and an additional 19 deaths across the province were reported.

The increase follows the daily counts of 1,039 on Tuesday and 1,095 on Wednesday.

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