1. Australian James Kwan dies from COVID-19 in Perth.
An elderly Perth man has become the first person in Australia to die from the coronavirus, while four people who recently returned from Iran have been confirmed as the latest to test positive for the disease.
James Kwan, 78, and his wife Theresa, 79, had been flown to Perth from the quarantine facility at Howard Springs near Darwin more than a week ago, after being evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan after an onboard outbreak of the deadly infection. The couple’s son and daughter-in-law were also on the cruise.
He “passed away peacefully knowing his family loved him”, his wife said in a statement at Perth’s Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said the Morrison government has a national coronavirus plan with health authorities anticipating more cases.
"With the international spread of this virus, it is almost inevitable that we will see more cases of COVID-19 in Australia in coming weeks," he said in a statement on Sunday.
In a further effort to prevent the spread of the virus, the government announced on Saturday that foreign nationals who have been in Iran will be banned from entering Australia for 14 days.
Four new virus cases were confirmed on the weekend involving people who had return to Australia from Iran, before the ban was imposed.
NSW Health confirmed the state's fifth and six cases as a man in his 40s and a woman in her 50s who both returned to Sydney from Iran.