Australia’s coronavirus death toll rises to 55 after a man in his 80s dies
- Man in his 80s from Victoria has died from coronavirus bringing death toll to 55
- Australia has total of 6,215 coronavirus cases across the country as of Saturday
- There are 15 people fighting for their life in the ICU in Victoria due to COVID-19
- Learn more about how to help people impacted by COVID
A man in his 80s has died from coronavirus in Victoria, taking Australia’s death toll to 55.
A total of 14 people have now died in Victoria from coronavirus, the state’s Health Minister Jenny Mikakos revealed on Twitter on Saturday.
The majority of COVID-19 deaths in Australia have been linked to those from the Ruby Princess or Dorothy Henderson Lodge aged care facility in Sydney.
There is no information on to suggest this man had any connection to either the cruise ship or the aged care facility.
A man in his 80s has died from coronavirus in Victoria, taking Australia’s death toll to 55
Victoria now has a total of 1,265 cases of the virus – 118 of which have been linked to community transmission.
There are 44 people in hospital with 15 fighting for their life in the intensive care unit.
Australia has a total of 6,259 coronavirus cases around the country, with New South Wales being the epicentre of the disease.
A total of 3,201 people have recovered while 55 people have died.
On Friday the national death toll for the virus rose by three.
The deaths included a 69-year-old man who died in a hospital in Newcastle and an elderly man in Newcastle.
The news comes as Victoria’s chief medical officer, Dr Brett Sutton, urged people to stay home this Easter long weekend.
‘Unfortunately this is not going to be an Easter Holiday like any other Easter Holiday,’ he said.
‘What we are saying is that if you can stay at home, you really must stay home. If you’ve got a holiday planned, if you were planning on travelling to another part of Victoria, you really can’t. You have to cancel.
‘If you are planning on visiting other friends or relatives outside of your home, you can’t.’
He said he understood it was a large sacrifice but it was important for the health and wellbeing of the public.
More to come.