Australia records 23rd death as virus cases pass 5100

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Newstalk ZB / news.com.au,
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Thu, 2 Apr 2020, 4:53PM
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Australia records 23rd death as virus cases pass 5100

Author
Newstalk ZB / news.com.au,
Publish Date
Thu, 2 Apr 2020, 4:53PM

Coronavirus cases in Australia have passed 5100 and the national death toll has risen to 23 after Victoria and Queensland announced two more victims this morning.

A woman in her 70s has died in a Victorian hospital, while an 85-year-old man died overnight at Darling Downs Health Service Hospital in Toowoomba.

“All of our condolences, the condolences of the whole of Queensland, go to that gentleman's family,” Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles said this morning.

"Each of these deaths reminds us of just how important our effort to slow the spread of this outbreak is."

Queensland also reported another 57 cases, bringing its total to 838. That came after Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos announced another 68 new cases, pushing the state’s total over 1000 and the national tally over 5000.

Disturbingly, 57 of those new cases were from community transmission.

“This is a significant increase from 39 yesterday,” Ms Mikakos said.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Australia now stands at 5110.

As of Thursday morning there were 2298 in NSW, 1036 in Victoria, 838 in Queensland, 367 in South Australia, 392 in Western Australia, 71 in Tasmania, 87 in the Australian Capital Territory and 21 in the Northern Territory.