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An 80-year-old man has died in Queensland after contracting COVID-19 in the Philippines

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the state has recorded its seventh COVID-19 death overnight.

The death was an 80-year-old returned traveller who contracted the virus overseas. He tested positive in quarantine after arriving from the Philippines. 

There are zero new locally acquired and two new overseas acquired cases, lifting the total number of active cases to 55 in the state.

Health minister Yvette D’Ath said the Australian man passed away on Monday night after returning to Queensland from the Philippines.

“This is another reminder that this is a deadly virus and we are still seeing thousands of people around the world on a daily basis dying from COVID,” she said.

The man returned to Australia on March 20 and tested positive five days later, when he was admitted to Brisbane’s Prince Charles Hospital.

His passing is the seventh coronavirus-related death in Queensland, Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said.

The state recorded two new cases of COVID-19 in hotel quarantine overnight.



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