The rate of coronavirus infections in Australia has slowed to a crawl.
This morning federal Health Minister Greg Hunt pointed out that the growth rate had fallen below 0.5 per cent in the last three days.
New South Wales reported just five new cases today, and for the second time this week, Queensland reported none at all.
“Well done Queensland. This is just the news we need,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.
“We are really on track to be smashing that curve. But of course, we still can’t be complacent.”
One reason not to be complacent is the death toll, which has risen to 74. The most recent victims are a 75-year-old man who died at St George Hospital and an 80-year-old woman who died at Gosford Hospital.
There have been 33 deaths in New South Wales, 15 in Victoria, seven are in Western Australia, eight in Tasmania, five in Queensland, four in South Australia and three in the Australian Capital Territory.
There are more than 6600 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Australia, with 2974 in New South Wales, 1336 in Victoria, 1024 in Queensland, 437 in South Australia, 546 in Western Australia, 201 in Tasmania, 104 in the Australian Capital Territory and 28 in the Northern Territory.
Australia’s first coronavirus fatality was on Sunday, March 1. These are the victims.
• 78-year-old Diamond Princess passenger James Kwan died in Perth
• a 95-year-old female resident of Sydney’s Dorothy Henderson Lodge died
• an 82-year-old male Dorothy Henderson Lodge resident died
• a 90-year-old female Dorothy Henderson Lodge resident died
• a 77-year-old woman died in a Sydney hospital after arriving from Queensland
• an 86-year-old man from Sydney died
• an 81-year-old woman died after having close contact with a confirmed case at Ryde Hospital
• a 77-year-old woman who had been rushed to hospital off the Ruby Princess died in Sydney
• 68-year-old Voyager of the Seas passenger Garry Kirstenfeldt died in Toowoomba
• three men in their 70s died at Victorian hospitals
• 73-year-old Celebrity Solstice passenger Ray Daniels died in Perth
• a 91-year-old female Dorothy Henderson Lodge resident died
• a 75-year-old Ruby Princess passenger died at Caboolture hospital north of Brisbane
• a man in his 80s died at a Melbourne hospital
• a Ruby Princess passenger in her 80s died at North-West Regional Hospital in Tasmania
• a woman in her 80s who acquired the disease overseas died at Canberra Hospital
• a Ruby Princess passenger in his 80s died at Royal Hobart Hospital
• a 95-year-old female Dorothy Henderson Lodge resident died
• 67-year-old Ruby Princess passenger Janet Lieben died at Orange Base Hospital
• a woman in her 60s died at a Victorian hospital
• a woman in her 70s died at a Victorian hospital
• an 85-year-old male Ruby Princess passenger died at Darling Downs Hospital in Toowoomba
• 82-year-old Mike, father-in-law of Labor MP Ged Kearney, died at Canberra Hospital
• a 91-year-old male Ruby Princess passenger died at Port Macquarie Base Hospital
• a 76-year-old male Ruby Princess passenger died at Westmead Hospital
• an 80-year-old male Ruby Princess passenger died at Westmead Hospital
• a 61-year-old man died at Hornsby Hospital
• a 78-year-old Ruby Princess passenger died at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane
• an 86-year-old male Opal Care Bankstown resident died at Liverpool Hospital
• an 85-year-old man who was a close contact of a confirmed case died at Liverpool Hospital
• a man in his 50s died at a Victorian hospital, the youngest death so far
• a Victorian woman in her 80s died at home
• an 84-year-old male Ruby Princess passenger died at Royal Perth Hospital
• a 90-year-old male Dorothy Henderson Lodge Resident died
• an 87-year-old female Ruby Princess passenger died in NSW
• a 90-year-old male Opal Care Bankstown resident died at Liverpool Hospital
• Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced an 11th person had died in the state
• 75-year-old Frank Ferraro died at Royal Adelaide Hospital after acquiring COVID-19 interstate
• a Ruby Princess passenger in his 80s died at North-West Regional Hospital in Tasmania
• an Artania passenger in his 70s died at Joondalup Health Campus in Perth
• a woman in her 70s who had travelled overseas died at Royal Perth Hospital
• a 62-year-old female Ruby Princess passenger died at Royal Adelaide Hospital
• a Victorian woman in her 80s died at hospital, the state’s 12th victim
• a 76-year-old man died at the Royal Adelaide Hospital
• a Victorian man in his 80s died at hospital
• a 69-year-old man died at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle
• an elderly man died at the Northwest Hospital in Tasmania
- an 82-year-old man died in Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital after contracting the virus
- an elderly woman in her 70s died at Northwest Regional Hospital in Tasmania, the state’s fifth death
- a former Ruby Princess passenger, a 74-year-old man, died in Royal Adelaide Hospital
- an 82-year-old NSW man with pre-existing medical conditions
- a Tasmanian woman in her 70s died at the North West Regional Hospital
- a 74-year-old NSW woman died at John Hunter hospital
- a 76-year-old NSW man died at the Northern Beaches hospital
- a 91-year-old woman died at Mersey Community Hospital in Tasmania
- a woman in her 60s died at Canberra Hospital
- a 72-year-old Tasmanian died in the Mersey Community Hospital
- a Filipino man in his 40s, who was a crew member on the the Artania cruise ship, died in Perth
- a 93-year-old man in an aged care facility died in NSW
- a 74-year-old man died in Tasmania’s Mersey hospital
- a 58-year-old woman died in NSW
- an 83-year-old Queensland man died in Sydney
- a man in his 80s died in a Victorian hospital
- A 75-year-old man died at St George Hospital
- An 80-year-old woman died at Gosford Hospital
Returning overseas travellers are ushered into the Intercontinental Hotel in Sydney for their 14-day quarantine on Sunday. Picture Jeremy Piper/AAPSource:AAP
The majority of Australia’s coronavirus cases were acquired overseas.
Europe, the Americas and cruise ship travel are now the most common sources of infection, surpassing China.
People in their 20s make up the biggest proportion of confirmed COVID-19 cases due to the high number of returning travellers, with significantly more women than men testing positive in that age group.
Those in their 60s make up the second-largest group, followed by those in their 50s, 30s and 40s. Among those in their 40s, significantly more men than women have tested positive.
People in their 70s make up a smaller but still concerning number of total cases, while far fewer people aged over 80 or under 20 have been diagnosed.
The first case of COVID-19 was detected on January 25 in Victoria.
The patient was a man from Wuhan, Hubei province — where the Chinese virus emerged late last year — who flew to Melbourne from Guangdong on January 19.
Three more cases were detected the same day in NSW.
All three were men who had recently returned from China — two had been in Wuhan and one had direct contact with a confirmed case from the virus epicentre.
Since then, the number of cases has risen exponentially.