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Ruby Princess cruise ship passenger dies taking Australia’s coronavirus death toll to 13 

A cruise ship passenger has died from coronavirus, taking Australia’s  death toll to 13.

The man in his 70s died in Joondalup Hospital in Perth on Thursday. 

It was initially reported that he had been on board the Ruby Princess cruise ship that docked in Sydney, however Daily Mail Australia understands that is not the case.

He is the third passenger on board the ship to die of coronavirus, after a woman in her 70s passed away on Tuesday and a man in his 60s died on Wednesday.

The man is the second Australian to die from coronavirus in Western Australia.

Seven people have died from the virus in New South Wales, with three deaths in Victoria and one in Queensland. 

The first Australian victim of coronavirus was a 78-year-old man from Perth, who was quarantined at Howard Springs in the Northern Territory after disembarking from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan and died on March 1. 

A 95-year-old woman from Dorothy Henderson Lodge in Macquarie Park in north Sydney passed away on March 3, with two other residents of the nursing home also falling victim.

An 82-year-old man died on March 8, before a 90-year-old woman passed away on March 14. 

A 77-year-old woman died on March 13 in a Sydney hospital after rapidly developing symptoms on a plane from Queensland earlier that day. 

An 86-year-old man died in hospital in Sydney on March 17, before an 81-year-old woman passed away on March 19 after being in contact with another person with the virus in Ryde Hospital.

A woman in her 70s was the eighth victim who contracted the disease on the Ruby Princess cruise ship.

She was rushed to hospital on March 14 and died in hospital ten days later on March 24. 

A 68-year-old man from Queensland became the second victim from the Ruby Princess and died in intenisive care in Toowoomba Hospital on March 25.

Two men in their 70s died in Victoria overnight, along with another on Thursday to be the first deaths from coronavirus in the state, and make thirteen in total for the country.

Cruise ship passengers have been banned from disembarking in Sydney after thousands of potentially infected people were allowed to leave the Ruby Princess.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Thursday passengers won’t be allowed off cruise ships in Sydney until new protocols are signed.

‘I don’t want a single person coming off a ship in Sydney until various signing of protocols between the federal and state governments,’ Ms Berejiklian said.

The Australian death toll is made up exclusively of people over 60, though young people are susceptible to the disease.

Four children under 10 have been confirmed with the disease, while another person in their 30s is in intensive care in Victoria.

Deputy Chief Health Officer Paul Kelly said people of all ages must take the virus seriously.

‘This is a wake-up call. No-one is immune to this. Many of us will get sick from it,’ he said.

‘Some of us will get severely sick and end up in hospital. Some will need to be in intensive care. And some of us, as we’ve seen already, unfortunately, will pass away from this disease.’

Preventative measures have been implemented to stop the spread of the disease around the country.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has imposed social distancing measures and ordered many workplaces to close in his crackdown on large social gatherings through ‘stage two’ coronavirus restrictions.  

Australians are banned from eating at shopping centre food courts, and the number of people at weddings, funerals and social gatherings will be limited to curb the spread of coronavirus. 

Registered and licensed clubs, entertainment venues, cinemas, casinos, nightclubs, indoor sports venues, including gyms, and places of worship were ordered to close as part of ‘stage one’ restrictions rolled out on Monday.

Chief medical officer Brendan Murphy said Australians need to avoid unnecessary interactions to stop the spread of the disease, as case numbers continue to grow sharply every day.

‘We are very worried about the rate of rise of the number of coronavirus cases in Australia, particularly over the last few days,’ Prof Murphy said on Tuesday night.

‘It is a very, very steep growth and it is very concerning.’

‘We have to change the way we interact, as human beings, in our society, for quite a long time. This virus will be with us for some time,’ he said.

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