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Coronavirus: ACT records third COVID-19 death who was passenger on Ruby Princess

By June 26, 2020 No Comments
A woman in her 60s, who was a passenger on the Ruby Princess cruise ship, has become the third person to die from coronavirus in the ACT.
The woman passed away at The Canberra Hospital overnight and brings Australia’s death toll to 63.
Multiple investigations are underway to examine how the COVID-19 riddled Ruby Princess ship docked in Sydney, spilling 2700 passengers into the city.
Multiple investigations are underway to examine how the COVID-19 riddled Ruby Princess ship docked in Sydney, spilling 2700 passengers into the city.(AP)
“I offer my sincere condolences to this person’s family and friends. 
“My thoughts are with you in this very difficult time.”
There were no new cases of coronavirus recorded in the territory in the past 24 hours, Dr Coleman said, with the total remaining at 103.
ACT Chief Health officer Dr Kerryn Coleman said a third person has died from coronavirus in the ACT.(Jamila Toderas)
“The very sad reality of this disease is that it is most dangerous for the elderly and the vulnerable, who are at a greatly increased risk of complications,” she said.
“While we have seen a flattening of the curve in Canberra, it is necessary that we all continue taking physical distancing seriously to protect these vulnerable groups.”
Nineteen of Australia’s 63 COVID-19 fatalities and more than 700 cases have been linked to the Ruby Princess ship.
New South Wales Police investigators in protective gear prepare to board the Ruby Princess at Wollongong, Australia. Police boarded the cruise ship to seize evidence and question crew members after the vessel was linked to hundreds of COVID-19 cases and more than a dozen deaths across Australia.
New South Wales Police investigators in protective gear prepare to board the Ruby Princess at Wollongong, Australia. Police boarded the cruise ship to seize evidence and question crew members after the vessel was linked to hundreds of COVID-19 cases and more than a dozen deaths across Australia.(AP)
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The NSW Government has launched a special commission of inquiry to investigate which will run alongside a police probe.
The Ruby Princess remains docked in NSW with 140 crew now infected with the virus.
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