A third passenger from the Ruby Princess cruise ship has died from coronavirus. Picture: Dean Lewins/AAP Image
A third passenger from the Ruby Princess cruise ship has died from coronavirus. Picture: Dean Lewins/AAP Image

Cruise passenger takes Coronavirus death toll to 13

WESTERN Australia has recorded its second coronavirus death, bringing the national death toll to 13.

A man in his 70s has died in Joondalup Hospital in Perth where he was taken after fainting in his home, according to Nine News.

He was a passenger on the infected Ruby Princess that docked in Sydney last week.

The Ruby Princess cruise ship - which disembarked passengers last week without adequate checks - is responsible for 121 COVID-19 cases in NSW. The man is the third passenger from the cruise to die.

The death toll from coronavirus in Australia now stands at 13.

Earlier, Victorian health minister Jenny Mikakos said a man in his 70s died in a Melbourne hospital.

This follows the deaths of two other men in their 70s in Melbourne overnight.

"I am urging everyone to respect the privacy of the families during this difficult time,' Ms Mikakos said.

It comes after a 68-year-old Queensland man died at Toowoomba Hospital yesterday afternoon after catching the virus on board the Ruby Princess cruise ship that docked in Sydney last week.

Australia now has more than 2800 coronavirus cases.

Total confirmed cases, based on a tally of numbers provided by each state and territory, stand at 2801.

As of Thursday morning there were 1219 in NSW, 520 in Victoria, 493 in Queensland, 235 in South Australia, 231 in Western Australia, 42 in Tasmania, 53 in the Australian Capital Territory and eight in the Northern Territory.

Thirteen people have died - one in Queensland, two in Western Australia, seven in NSW and three in Victoria.

Originally published as Cruise passenger is WA's second virus death


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