Queensland man who returned from cruise dies from coronavirus

Louise Cheer
News Editor

A man who recently returned from a cruise has died from the coronavirus in Queensland.

The 78-year-old is the fifth Queenslander to pass away from the deadly disease, which has triggered a pandemic with more than 1.2 million confirmed cases and almost 65,000 deaths worldwide.

Queensland Health confirmed on Sunday night the man died in The Prince Charles Hospital and offered its “sincere condolences to his family”.

This latest fatality brings Australia’s death toll to 35.

According to the ABC, the man was a passenger on the Ruby Princess, which is now the subject of a NSW Police criminal investigation.

A man has died from coronavirus at Brisbane's Prince Charles Hospital (pictured). Source: Google Maps

Queensland's border remains closed as the spread of coronavirus appears to be flattening.

The state total now stands at 907 after the number of people infected with the virus fell for the fourth day in a row.

Twenty-five cases were reported on Saturday, 39 on Friday and 57 on Thursday.

Across the state, medical workers have carried out 56,000 tests for COVID-19 since the crisis began. 

56 people remain in hospital with eight in intensive care wards and six requiring ventilators.

– with AAP

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