0n2gm3v_coronavirus-afp_625x300_28_February_20 78-Yr-Previous Evacuee From Japan Ship Is Australia's First Virus Dying

All different coronavirus in Australia concerned individuals who had come from China the place virus originated. (File)


A 78-year-old man evacuated from the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise liner in Japan died at a Perth hospital Sunday, turning into Australia’s first fatality from the illness, officers mentioned.

His 79-year-old spouse was additionally contaminated with the illness in the course of the cruise and stays in a Perth hospital, a spokeswoman for the Western Australian state well being division informed AFP.

The couple have been amongst about 160 Australians evacuated from the Diamond Princess final month and so they examined optimistic for the coronavirus throughout their flight residence.

They have been instantly transferred to isolation models within the Perth hospital on February 21 whereas the remainder of the evacuees have been quarantined in a former miners’ camp close to the northern metropolis of Darwin.

Andrew Robertson, Western Australia’s chief medical officer, mentioned the couple initially appeared to have solely a light model of the sickness, however that the person’s situation subsequently deteriorated.

He insisted each had been remoted early and that their circumstances posed “no danger to the overall group or (medical) workers”.

Earlier Sunday, well being authorities in New South Wales state confirmed a 26th case of coronavirus in Australia after a person in his 40s who had travelled from Iran was identified with the illness.

He was the second Australian contaminated in Iran. All different circumstances of the illness in Australia aside from the Perth couple concerned individuals who had come from China’s Hubei province, the place the virus was first reported.

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