Australia’s death toll at 13 after a WA man dies.
A WA man in his 70s has died in Joondalup Hospital in Perth, bringing Australia’s death toll to 13.
He was taken to hospital after fainting in his home. It’s believed he was recently on a cruise.
According to WA Today, 25 per cent of WA’s 231 confirmed cases are linked to cruise ships.
The state’s first coronavirus death, an unnamed 78-year-old man, died on March 1 after he and his wife were evacuated from the Diamond Princess ship in Japan.
A third man has died in Victoria.
A third man has died from COVID-19 in Victoria, bringing the national death toll to 12.
This comes as Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton confirmed that two men from the state also died overnight – the first fatalities from coronavirus in the state.
All three men were in their 70s and are understood to have pre-existing medical conditions.
ON AIR NOW | Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton has confirmed two Victorian men aged in their 70s died from coronavirus overnight.
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“We’re now up to 520 cases, so two deaths amongst 500 is relatively small looking at the global figures,” Sutton told 3AW this morning.
The ninth fatality was announced yesterday – a 68-year-old man in Queensland from the state’s Darling Downs.
The man had a “serious underlying medical condition before contracting the virus,” the Queensland Health department said in a statement.
“Queensland Health offers its sincere condolences to his family. The man’s family remains in isolation as close contacts,” the statement added.
Seven people have died in NSW, and one person has died in WA.
The current COVID-19 figures.