First coronavirus death reported in Australia

"With the international spread of this virus, it is almost inevitable we will see more cases of COVID-19 in Australia in coming weeks."

A 78-year-old man from Perth has become the first person in Australia to die from the coronavirus,

The man was one of the Australian citizens from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

“With the international spread of this virus, it is almost inevitable that we will see more cases of COVID-19 in Australia in coming weeks,” Health Minister Greg Hunt said.

As of 2 March 2020, there have been 29 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia: nine in Queensland, six in New South Wales, nine in Victoria, three  in South Australia and two in Western Australia.

Fifteen of these cases are reported to have recovered. The remaining cases are in a stable condition.

Ten cases are associated with the Diamond Princess repatriation flight from Japan. All of these people have returned to their home states for medical treatment.

Lat week Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the activation of the Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Across the world, there have been about 88,104 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) and 2995 reported deaths.

Of confirmed cases reported globally, the case fatality rate is approximately 3.4 per cent. The case fatality rate in countries and regions outside mainland China is 1.5 per cent.

The first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in New Zealand, in a person in their 60s recently returned from Iran.

The results of the test were formally reported to the Ministry of Health on Friday, February 28.

New Zealand is the 48th country to have a confirmed case of COVID-19.

On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

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