The family of a 27-year-old Sydney man who died after contracting Covid-19 claim he returned a negative test result the day before his death, making his suddenly deteriorating health even more shocking.
Aude Alaskar, who was married just three months ago, collapsed inside the Warwick Farm home he shared with his wife in Sydney's southwest on Tuesday.
He was on day 13 of his isolation period after contracting Covid-19 from his wife, who works at an aged-care facility.
Alaskar was being followed up daily by nursing staff and had relatively mild symptoms until he "suddenly deteriorated" around lunchtime on Tuesday, when he started coughing, vomiting and then collapsed.
He was unable to be revived by paramedics.
His death came as a major shock to his family, who told the Daily Telegraph he had received a clear Covid-19 test the day before he died.
They also told the publication his family had a long history of heart problems.
It is understood a person can return a negative test but still have the virus and suffer symptoms.
When announcing the death yesterday, chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said health authorities are "aware that with covid you can get sudden deaths".
"He was being cared for by southwestern Sydney Local Health District during his isolation period and he'd reached day 13," Chant said yesterday.
"He was being followed up daily by nursing staff and suddenly deteriorated. He was being checked daily and he did complain of feeling a little fatigued but the deterioration happened suddenly, is my understanding."
Alaskar's wife, who also has Covid-19, is now in hospital so she can be monitored by health staff.
"You can imagine the trauma for that other person who has now been hospitalised," Chant said.
"That person also had Covid and that person has been hospitalised and offered all care."
Alaskar's neighbour, Mimi Anzures, said she heard Alaskar's wife's cries of distress.
"At first I heard crying, then shouting and howling," she told the ABC.
"After that two ambulances came and after a few minutes there were police cars everywhere."
Alaskar's cousin, Bash Mnati, said his relation collapsed in the shower about 2pm and his wife called an ambulance.
"His head was hurting the day before. He wasn't feeling well," Mnati said.
"He was a soccer player, he was a very fit guy. He used to always do sports. He never smoked, doesn't drink."
The 27-year-old's soccer club also posted a tribute to Alaskar, offering their "sincere condolences" to his family, friends and teammates.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Ady was a true gentleman both on and off the field and will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace Brother," Gunners Soccer Club Bensley Road wrote in a Facebook post.
Alaskar had not been vaccinated and his death has been referred to the coroner.
He is the second person under 40 to die as a result of NSW's latest Covid-19 outbreak.