Sydney dad’s fear as COVID-19 sweeps through family

A father from Sydney's south west has described fearing he was close to death "many times" while battling COVID-19, an illness both his young family have also contracted.

Hussein Taha has COVID-19, as does his wife and their toddler son.

"I reached death many times," Mr Taha said in a video message from his home where he is looking after his young son while his wife is battling the virus in hospital.

"She is struggling to breath and my three-and-a-half (year-old) has a temperature… it's not easy."

READ MORE: NSW records 1218 COVID-19 cases, six further deaths

Hussein Taha (pictured left) has COVID-19, as does his wife and their toddler son. His wife is in ICU.

His sister is in intensive care with COVID-19 and her husband and son have it.

"I don't want to see my wife struggle, my sister… I don't want to see my son struggle," he said.

He claims he knows the couple he caught it from.

"They were infectious four to five days… didn't reveal it because they don't believe in corona," he said.

Mr Taha is furious. So is Michelle Rosentreter, a senior ICU nurse at a major Sydney hospital.

"The complacency of the community and those who say it's not real. It's just so disrespectful," Ms Rosentreter said.

She said ICUs across Sydney were understaffed before COVID-19 and now are under enormous pressure.

"It will take six people to turn somebody from their back to their stomach. And it will take the same amount of people to turn them back on to their back," she said.

NSW has recorded 1218 new COVID-19 cases overnight and six further deaths.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the majority of the cases were in Sydney's south-west and west.

Yesterday NSW recorded 1035 new locally acquired cases but today's figures are the highest since the pandemic began.

The deaths included three people in their 80s and three people in their 70s.

Ms Berejiklian said four of them were unvaccinated and two of them had had one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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