A 68-year-old Queensland man died of coronavirus after suffering the disease on board a cruise ship that moored in Sydney last week.
Garry Kirstenfield died in the intensive care unit at Toowoomba Hospital this afternoon.
Mr. Kirstenfield fell ill on a cruise on the Royal Caribbean. It has not been confirmed whether it was the Ruby Princess.
Queensland Health has released a statement stating that it “had a serious underlying disease before contracting the virus.”
His wife and his grieving family, who described him as a “friendly and delightful” man, remain in isolation.
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Mr. Kirstenfield is the second victim of COVID-19 in Queensland after a 77-year-old woman died of the virus in Sydney last week after flying from the Sunshine Coast.
The woman was unwell and hospitalized on the flight, Friday, March 13, but died when she could not be resuscitated.
Another elderly patient from Queensland is life-sustaining after the virus developed in the intensive care unit after the cases in Queensland doubled from 221 on Saturday to 443 in just four days.
Yesterday, a passenger on the Ruby Princess cruise ship became the eighth death of the Australian coronavirus after testing positive for the disease last week.
The woman, aged 70, was one of the first passengers on the cruise ship to be diagnosed after it docked in Sydney last Thursday.
Australia now has more than 2,300 coronavirus cases after NSW reported another record surge of 211, Victoria another 55 and Queensland another 46.
The total number of confirmed cases based on a number of numbers provided by each state and territory is now 2,369.
As of Wednesday morning, there were 1,029 in NSW, 466 in Victoria, 443 in Queensland, 170 in South Australia, 175 in Western Australia, 36 in Tasmania, 44 in the Australian capital and six in the northern territory.
Nine people have died – one in Western Australia, seven in NSW and now one in Queensland.
There are currently two people in intensive care in Victoria – one in their thirties and one in their sixties.
There is more to come.