Australia’s death toll from the coronavirus has risen to five as more travel restrictions and bans on non-essential mass gatherings come into effect.

A 90-year-old resident of the Dorothy Henderson Lodge aged care home in Sydney died on Saturday and testing confirmed she had COVID-19, NSW Health said in a statement on Sunday night.

A 77-year-old woman also died from coronavirus after flying from Brisbane to Sydney on Friday, Queensland Health said.

The deaths add to the fatalities some weeks ago of two other residents, aged 82 and 95, at Dorothy Henderson Lodge and a Perth man, 78, who was evacuated from a cruise ship in Japan.

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ABC journalist Mary Lloyd – who is currently undergoing chemotherapy – has come forward to urge the public to take extra care during this tough time for the sake of the vulnerable members of our community.


“While most people can be confident of surviving #COVIDー19, not all of us are so sure,” she tweeted.

“This disease will kill people. But we can limit how many people die by not being complacent. Please help stop this disease spreading. Do it for the vulnerable.”

Please take extra care.

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