Man dies of Covid in Queensland hospital

Brianne Tolj
·2-min read

A man has died from Covid complications in Queensland.

The 77-year-old male from Papua New Guinea died on Monday, Queensland Health announced on Tuesday.

The dual PNG/UK national was transferred to Queensland by Medivac on March 28 as his condition worsened.

He's been in ICU at Redcliffe Hospital ever since. 

A person has not died of the virus in Queensland since April 18. Officials said it would not be included in its total tally because he was from PNG.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is seen during a press conference. Source: AAP
The state has not seen a Covid death since April 18 last year. Source: AAP

"Queensland Health offers its sincere condolences to his family during this time," a Queensland Health press release said.

"PNG is one of Queensland’s closest neighbours, and when we can offer support to our neighbours, we can, and we will."

No new locally-acquired cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Queensland for a third consecutive day.

There were also no new cases among returned travellers.

Three people, including a returned overseas traveller in his 40s, are currently in intensive care with the virus in Australia.

Syringes are prepared during a mass Covid-19 vaccination event. Source: AAP
The relationship between Queensland and the Commonwealth continues to deteriorate over the vaccine rollout. Source: AAP

Queensland Deputy PM slammed as 'childish'

Meanwhile, the relationship between Queensland and the Commonwealth continues to deteriorate over the vaccine rollout following accusations of diversionary tactics and childish behaviour.

Opposition leader David Crisafulli says comments by Deputy Premier Steven Miles are "an embarrassment to every Queenslander" and have offended federal health minister Greg Hunt.

"He personally felt very offended by the language of the deputy premier yesterday," Mr Crisafulli said on Tuesday.

"It was childish and it has got to stop. The behaviour that we saw yesterday was not fitting of his office."

Mr Miles on Monday said Prime Minister Scott Morrison was trying to use the vaccine rollout and the Covid pandemic generally to distract from problems within the government.

"That's been a very orchestrated campaign over the last few days to try to stop you all talking about Brittany Higgins and rape and sexual harassment and all of the things that have happened in Canberra," he said.

"They were in fact so eager to distract everybody from those topics that they put at risk confidence in their own vaccine rollout program."

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