Australian COVID-19 death toll rises to 24.
A Melbourne woman in her 60s has become the 24th Australian death which has been attributed to COVID-19.
Professor Brett Sutton, the Chief Health Officer of Victoria, confirmed her passing in a tweet on Thursday afternoon. This also marks the sixth death from the state, after a woman in her early 70s also died from the virus.
The woman is believed to have been a cancer patient and passed away at The Alfred Hospital, where two other patients in the haematology and oncology ward also died due to coronavirus-related complications.
Sadly, since this morning, we have been advised of a 6th COVID-19 death – a woman in her 60s who died in a Melbourne hospital last night. A fifth death was a woman in her 70s, which was announced earlier. Our thoughts are with their families.
— Chief Health Officer, Victoria (@VictorianCHO) April 2, 2020
NSW confirms 90 days of new rules.
New South Wales, which currently has the most cases of coronavirus in Australia, says the current social distancing restrictions will stay in place in the state for 90 days.
Victoria has had a change of heart with their latest social distancing measures, now no longer forcing a ban that kept couples living apart separated.
Australian deaths rise to 23.
An 85-year-old man passed away in the Darling Downs Health Service in Toowoomba overnight, Queensland’s health minister Steven Miles confirmed.
It brings the national death toll to 23, after two further recent deaths.
Today Victoria recorded its fifth death after a woman in her 70s died in hospital, and on Wednesday a 67-year-old woman died in Orange, in the New South Wales Central West, bringing the state’s death toll to 10.