COVID-19 toll rises to nine with Qld death

Heather McNab

Australia's death toll from the coronavirus has risen to nine after the death of a 68-year-old man in Queensland.

Queensland Health on Wednesday confirmed the man's death on the state's Darling Downs.

The man had a "serious underlying medical condition before contracting the virus", the department said in a statement.

"Queensland Health offers its sincere condolences to his family.

"The man's family remains in isolation as close contacts."

It is the second death of a Queenslander from the coronavirus after the death of a 77-year-old woman from the Sunshine Coast.

The woman died in Sydney and is counted in the NSW death toll.