Man Dies In Sydney From Coronavirus
A man in his 80s has become Australia's third coronavirus death, passing away in Sydney overnight.
The 82-year-old was on Wednesday confirmed to have COVID-19 after he picked up the virus from an infected aged care worker in her 50s at BaptistCare's Dorothy Henderson Lodge in Macquarie Park.
He died overnight on Sunday in hospital, chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said.
The man's death follows that of a 95-year-old woman and fellow Dorothy Henderson Lodge resident and a 78-year-old man in Perth.
More than 70 Australians have tested positive to the coronavirus, with figures expected to continue climbing across the country.
NSW Health said there are currently 38 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state, including another two confirmed on Sunday -- a female health care worker at Ryde Hospital in her 30s who is a contact of a previously confirmed case from an aged care facility, and a woman in her 50s who is a contact of a previously confirmed case.
Overnight, two more cases were confirmed -- a man in his 60s who recently returned from Italy, and a man in his 40s who is a close contact of a previously confirmed case.
NSW Health issued a warning that he had travelled on two domestic flights on February -- QF1509 Sydney to Canberra at 6.45am, and VA651 Canberra to Sydney at 2.35pm.
"NSW Health is asking anyone seated in rows 2-6 in the first flight or rows 3-7 in the second flight to self-isolate and call their local public health unit for further guidance on 1300 066 055," the department said.
There are a further 488 cases under investigation in NSW. The health department has carried out nearly 7000 tests.
"NSW Health is continuing to find and respond to cases as they are diagnosed to slow any spread of COVID-19 in the community," the department said in a statement.
An extra 260,000 masks will be immediately released from the federal stockpile to primary health networks, deputy chief medical officer Paul Kelly said.
"We realised that personal protective equipment for our healthcare workforce and our aged care workforce is absolutely fundamental. We need to make sure that they are kept safe," Professor Kelly said on Saturday.
More to come.