Premier's 'final warning' as national coronavirus death toll rises again

Tom Flanagan
News Reporter

Two more people have died in Australia from coronavirus, becoming Victoria’s fifth and Queensland’s third deaths.

A woman in her 70s died at a Melbourne hospital on Wednesday, Victoria Health Minister Jenny Mikakos confirmed.

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And in Queensland an 85-year-old man died in Darling Downs Health Service Hospital overnight in Toowoomba, Health Minister Steven Miles said.

The number of confirmed cases in Victoria also surpassed 1000, reaching 1036 after a daily increase of 68.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk warned the state it must adhere to coronavirus restrictions. Source: AAP

Queensland’s total jumped 57 cases to 835.

As the daily total rose from Wednesday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk issued a "final warning" to those failing to adhere to the restrictions.

"I said if people aren't going to comply, we are going to crack down," she said on Channel Nine’s Today.

"Going to the beach with your mates is not on. We've seen strong action on this from New South Wales and Victoria, and our mayors will not hesitate to take similar action. So, final warning everyone."

People shown sitting on the beach at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast, on March 23. The Premier has warned that everyone needs to abide by restrictions now. Source: Getty

She said local mayors are looking into beach closures if large numbers continue to flock to the ocean.

It’s the latest threat from Ms Palaszczuk as she ramps up Queensland's coronavirus crackdown as people continue to ignore the ban on non-essential travel.

Hundreds of people are still trying to get into Queensland despite the state shutting down its border with NSW.

From Friday, anyone who does not have a state government permit proving they have a legitimate reason for cross-border travel will be denied entry.

Freight trucks are exempt, along with travel for work and medical reasons.

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