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Man from Papua New Guinea dies from coronavirus complications in Queensland

A 77-year-old man has died from coronavirus complications in Queensland.

The state’s health department says the dual Papua New Guinea/UK national died on Monday after being treated in the intensive care unit at Redcliffe Hospital, north of Brisbane.

He was medically evacuated from PNG to Queensland on 28 March, after his condition worsened.

“Unfortunately … a 77-year-old male from PNG passed away from complications due to COVID-19 yesterday,” Queensland Health said in a statement on Tuesday. 

Aeromedical crews have transferred a number of COVID-positive, and potentially COVID-positive patients, to Queensland since the start of the pandemic, the state health department said.

Queensland recorded no new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and its death toll has remained at six since April 2020.

The man will not be included in Queensland’s statistics because he was diagnosed in PNG.

Dr Jeannette Young on Tuesday said it was important for all Queenslanders to come forward and get tested, even if they have the mildest of symptoms. 

“Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting, and loss of taste or smell,” Dr Young said in a statement. 

“As we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks, we’re still in this pandemic and we can’t be complacent.”

Current restrictions are still in place for Queenslanders and will likely end on 15 April.

Fragments of SARS-CoV-2 have been detected at the Capalaba, Maroochydore and Maryborough wastewater treatment plants.

 

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your jurisdiction’s restrictions on gathering limits. If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. News and information is available in 63 languages at sbs.com.au/coronavirus

Please check the relevant guidelines for your state or territory: NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, ACT, Tasmania

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