Female cruise ship passenger becomes eighth coronavirus death in Australia

Josh Dutton
News Reporter

An elderly woman has become the eighth Australian to die from coronavirus.

NSW Health said in a statement, the woman, aged in her 70s, was a passenger on the Ruby Princess which docked in Sydney on Thursday.

She passed away in hospital on Tuesday morning.

A woman who was onboard the Ruby Princess (pictured) has died from COVID-19. Source: AAP

NSW currently has 818 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and so far seven people in the state have died from it. One person in WA has also died from coronavirus.

“There have been 107 cases diagnosed in NSW from the Ruby Princess and 26 cases interstate,” NSW Health said.

“It should be noted, no cases of COVID-19 had been identified by doctors on board before docking.”

Manly Beach pictured in lockdown on Monday. Source: Getty Images

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NSW saw an additional 149 cases between Sunday and Monday.

Four hundred and twenty-five are said overseas required, NSW Health said while a further 174 were locally acquired. There are 147 cases which NSW Health are still determining how they were contracted and 72 which were locally acquired but the contact was “not identified”.

Among measures to stop the spread, Queensland announced the closure of its borders.

They will soon close to people not travelling for work, medical appointments or carrying freight.

All others will be asked not to make the journey as the state government closes the border to stop the spread of COVID-19 from midnight on Wednesday.

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Border travel will be policed in an RBT-style with officers stationed to determine who needs to cross and allowing them through quickly. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison also announced on Sunday night the closure of all non-essential services including pubs, restaurants and indoor sporting venues.

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