Three more Australians have died from COVID-19, bringing the country’s toll to 59.
A 74-year-old Adelaide man who died in the Royal Adelaide Hospital overnight was a passenger on the Ruby Princess ship.
His death is the fourth in South Australia.
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Tasmanian woman dies
A woman has died from coronavirus in Tasmania.
The woman, aged in her 70s, died in the North West Regional Hospital in Burnie overnight.
The death is Tasmania’s fifth.
Another NSW death
An 82-year-old man has also died in Sydney’s RPA Hospital, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has announced.
The man was a close contact of another confirmed case and had pre-existing medical conditions.
Ruby Princess toll mounts
Sixteen people who were passengers on the ill-fated Ruby Princess have now died, with more than 600 COVID-19 cases across Australia linked to the ship.
At least 53 of the more than 1000 crew members are also suffering from COVID-19. Some have been taken to hospitals in NSW for treatment.
The ship remains berthed at Port Kembla in Wollongong as the blame game between federal and state agencies over the debacle continues.
Around 2700 passengers were allowed to disembark in Sydney’s Circular Quay on March 19, despite an on-board doctor alerting authorities of people with flu-like symptoms on board.
The Australian Border Force and NSW Health have pointed the finger at each other over the decision to allow infected passengers to leave the ship.
A police investigation is now underway and the black box from the vessel was seized last week.
“After reviewing the information at hand, the only way I can determine whether our national biosecurity laws or our state laws were broken is through a criminal investigation,” NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said.
Carnival Cruises, the owner of the Ruby Princess, says it will cooperate with the investigation.
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