Australia’s coronavirus death toll climbs to 21 after another person dies in hospital
- The person died in Orange Base Hospital in New South Wales’ central west
- They had previously been diagnosed with COVID-19 before going to hospital
- The person died on Wednesday due to ‘complications’ related to coronavirus
- There has now been 4,832 confirmed coronavirus cases in Australia
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Australia’s coronavirus death toll has climbed to 21.
The person died in Orange Base Hospital, in New South Wales’ central west region, due to ‘complications’ related to COVID-19.
They are the 10th death in New South Wales.
‘The person had previously been diagnosed with COVID-19 before being admitted to Orange Base Hospital where they passed away on 1 April 2020,’ Western NSW Local Health District said in a statement.
‘At the request of the family, no further details will be provided.’
It is the first coronavirus-related death recorded in the Western NSW region.
They are the 10th person to die from COVID-19 in New South Wales, and the 21st person in the country
The person died in Orange Base Hospital (pictured), in New South Wales’ central west region, due to ‘complications’ related to COVID-19
Their death comes after a 95-year-old woman from Sydney’s Dorothy Henderson Lodge aged care home died.
The woman was the fifth resident of the Dorothy Henderson Lodge aged care home in Macquarie Park to die of COVID-19.
The outbreak at the facility began in early March when one of the staff – who had not travelled overseas – was diagnosed with the disease.
About 42 people in NSW are currently in intensive care while 275 have no known source of transmission.
It comes after a man in his 80s died at the Royal Hobart Hospital in Tasmania on Monday, and a woman, also in her 80s, died in the state’s northwest the same day.
The elderly man had been a passenger on the coronavirus-infected Ruby Princess cruise ship, Public Health Director Mark Veitch confirmed, but the woman’s connection is unclear.
There have been 4,832 confirmed coronavirus cases in Australia.
Police, meanwhile, are trying to soothe concerns about the enforcement of new coronavirus self-isolation measures.
Gatherings of more than two people, apart from immediate family, are banned in NSW as are all non-essential activities.
A pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic (pictured) is being set up in Bondi to help reduce the virus’ spread after clusters developed
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said officers would take a common sense approach and show discretion.
‘If you need medical assistance, pharmacies, doctors, the hospital – you can leave (home). If you need food, you can leave,’ Mr Fuller said.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 4,862
New South Wales: 2,182
Western Australia: 392
South Australia: 367
Australian Capital Territory: 84
Northern Territory: 19
TOTAL CASES: 4,862
‘We’ll be glad to see the powers go when the virus has reached the point where we can get back to some sense of normality … we do get the uncertainty.’
However, police are being less generous with those who flout self-isolation requirements after returning from overseas or coming into contact with COVID-19 cases. At least 14 people have been fined to date.
A pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic is being set up in Bondi to help reduce the virus’ spread after clusters developed within Sydney’s backpacker community.
NSW Health is directing doctors in Sydney’s Waverley Council area to send more patients for COVID-19 testing.
Other confirmed cases on Wednesday included a Kincumber High School student and three workers at a Mona Vale pizzeria.