Coronavirus fatalities rise in Australia after 81yo woman dies in Sydney

| 20.03,20. 12:54 PM |

Coronavirus fatalities rise in Australia after 81yo woman dies in Sydney

PHOTO: Ryde Hospital, in Sydney's north, has been linked to several COVID-19 cases. (AAP: Paul Braven)

Health authorities in NSW have confirmed another death from coronavirus, bringing the state's total COVID-19 fatalities to six, and the national number to seven.

NSW Health said an 81-year-old woman with the virus died last night.

She had close contact with another confirmed case of COVID-19 at Ryde Hospital.

Six people have died from the virus in Sydney, and one fatality has been recorded in Perth.

In the 24 hours to 11am today there were another 75 new infections confirmed in NSW, taking the state's total number of cases to 382.

More than 40,000 people have been tested in NSW since the outbreak began.

NSW Health confirmed that six of the state's confirmed patients were being treated in Intensive Care Units.

The majority of confirmed cases have mild symptoms and are in isolation at home.

NSW Health said 158 of the state's confirmed cases were acquired overseas and that 69 cases had contact with a previously confirmed case.

A further 74 cases is under investigation, and the source of 52 cases is unknown.

The NSW Government yesterday announced it would set up a central operations centre to streamline its response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Around 20 government agencies, including NSW Police, NSW Health, Education and Transport will now be based at the Rural Fire Service headquarters at Lidcombe in Sydney's west.

The State Government has also moved to override local council restrictions on supermarket deliveries, to ensure grocery shelves can be re-stocked around the clock.

It comes as Premier Gladys Berejiklian yesterday urged people to stop stockpiling groceries.

"Please stop that activity, it's not necessary, it's not needed," she said.

"Please be a good neighbour and be a good citizen. Do not panic buy."


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