Australian death toll rises to 71.
A second person has died at a Sydney high-care nursing home where a quarter of all residents and 13 staff have been infected.
Anglicare confirmed a 94-year-old man with COVID-19 died at its Newmarch House in Kingswood on Sunday morning.
With a 93-year-old resident also dying on Saturday morning, the NSW toll now sits at 30.
It comes after another Victorian died as a result of coronavirus on Sunday, with Premier Daniel Andrews saying the government’s hardline strategy will remain in place, despite the number of new cases staying relatively low.
“We need to stay the course. It’s frustrating, but it’s certainly less frustrating than if you look at what happened in north west Tasmania last week,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.
“This can get away from you very, very rapidly.”
He reinforced that classrooms would remain closed for the majority of school children.
The state of emergency in Victoria is due to expire on May 11 and authorities will set about removing social distancing restrictions in a “very thoughtful and careful way”, Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said on Saturday.
Mass gatherings including sporting events and concerts may not happen until next year.
As of Sunday morning, there have been 6,586 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia. There have been 53 new cases since yesterday.
The coronavirus death toll in Australia is now 71.
Fines of $5000 for spitting or coughing on all essential workers.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has extended the $5000 on-the-spot fine for spitting and coughing on NSW health workers to include all essential workers.
“Unfortunately, there have now also been incidents in which retail staff and transport staff have also been subjected to this disgusting, dangerous behaviour, and it will not be tolerated,” Hazzard said.