78-year-old is Australia's first coronavirus fatality

01 Mars, 2020, 05:19 | Auteur: Yves Courtet

A Perth man has become the first person in Australia to die from the coronavirus.

A 78-year-old man evacuated from the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise liner in Japan died in a Perth hospital Sunday, becoming Australia's first fatality from the disease, officials said.

His wife is stable and remains in hospital.

All other coronavirus in Australia involved people who had come from China where virus originated.

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The elderly couple were flown back to Perth just over a week ago where the man has been in isolation at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

He insisted both had been isolated early and that their cases posed "no risk to the general community or (medical) staff".

His death was confirmed by Western Australia's chief health officer Andrew Robertson.

Dr Robertson added that COVID-19 progresses as it moved from the upper respiratory tract into the lower respiratory tract and it was often the second where people would deteriorate further and possibly get "significant" viral pneumonia.

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