Australia's death toll has jumped to 69 after four new deaths were announced today, with Tasmania's premier warning more people will die.
Australia's death toll has jumped to 69 after four new deaths were announced today, with Tasmania's premier warning more people will die.

Australia's death toll soars with four more deaths

Australia's death toll has risen to 69, after four more deaths were recorded across the country.

The latest victim is an aged-care resident of Newmarch house in western Sydney.

"We are saddened to inform you that a resident of Newmarch House, who tested positive, passed away peacefully this morning," Anglicare COO Gavin Pretorius said in an update for Newmarch families.

"The resident's family has been contacted, as have all the relevant authorities."

"We would like to assure you that the staff are doing everything possible to care for your loved one.

"Please be assured of our prayers for you at this challenging time."

There have been 30 cases at the Newmarch aged-care facility in the suburb of Caddens in Sydney.


Elsewhere, an 83-year-old Queensland man, who was a passenger on the Celebrity Eclipse cruise ship, died in a Sydney hospital and 74-year-old man died in Tasmania's northwest.

A 58-year-old woman died in Tamworth Hospital in NSW. The cause of her infection is still under investigation.

"On behalf of the entire New South Wales community, I want to express my sympathy, and the community's sympathy, to the families of those two people," NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.

NSW has recorded 10 new coronavirus cases, bringing the state's total to 2936.

The third death was in Tasmania, with the state recording its eighth death.

The deceased, a 74-year-old man, died in the state's northwest.

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein said "unfortunately" he thinks this won't be the last death from the virus.

"We want to work with you, but importantly, now we have been in this for the weeks that we have, there should be no excuse from anyone for not understanding what those rules are. We simply cannot become complacent," he said during a press conference.

"Eight deaths are too many and unfortunately I think there will be more. I think we need to ready ourselves for that.

"So, please don't become complacent, please do everything that you can."

The state has also confirmed four new cases of the virus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Tasmania to 188.

"Two of those were healthcare workers and what is a former patient at the Northwest Regional Hospital and another is a close contact of the previous case," he said.

"I know that the measures that we have put in place in terms of the quarantine on the north-west coast have appeared to be extreme but they are necessary and I'm confident that these four new positive cases were all in quarantine."

More than 80 of Tasmania's COVID-19 cases are directly linked to an outbreak at the North West Regional Hospital and North West Private Hospital at Burnie, with dozens of workers among them.

Tasmania now has the highest death toll in the country behind NSW and Victoria.

All eight deaths in the state have occurred in less than three weeks, the premier said.

There are more than 6500 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Australia, with 2936 in New South Wales, 1319 in Victoria, 1014 in Queensland, 435 in South Australia, 541 in Western Australia, 188 in Tasmania, 103 in the Australian Capital Territory and 28 in the Northern Territory.

Originally published as 'Will be more': Death toll rises to 68