Coronavirus death toll rises to eight after cruise passenger death.
A woman in her 70s who was a passenger on the Ruby Princess cruise ship has become the eighth person in Australia to die from COVID-19.
The woman died in hospital on Tuesday morning, NSW Health said in a statement.
“There have been 107 cases diagnosed in NSW from the Ruby Princess and 26 cases interstate,” the health department spokesperson said.
NSW is at a “critical” stage as the number of COVID-19 cases reached 818 on Tuesday morning – an increase of 149 overnight.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian implored people to follow social distancing rules and warned authorities are “ramping up” compliance.
“If they’re supposed to be in self-isolation and they’re not, there are harsh penalties and we’ll enforce that. We have to take this seriously,” she said.
In Australia, seven people in NSW have now died from coronavirus and one person has died in Western Australia.
The UK has gone into lockdown.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered Britons to stay home to halt the spread of coronavirus, closing non-essential shops, telling people not to meet friends or family, and warning those who flout the rules face fines.
Deaths from the virus in Britain jumped to 335 on Monday as the government said the military would help ship millions of items of personal protective equipment (PPE) including masks to healthcare workers who have complained of shortages.
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) March 23, 2020
“From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction – you must stay at home,” Johnson said in a televised address to the nation, replacing his usual daily news conference.
Johnson said people would only be allowed to leave their homes to shop for basic necessities, exercise, for a medical need, to provide care or travelling to and from work where absolutely necessary.