A man in his 60s has become Australia’s 99th coronavirus death, putting the country on the brink of a triple digit death.
New South Wales man died in hospital during a 24-hour reporting period Sunday.
He has an underlying medical condition, NSW Chief Medical Officer Dr Kerry Chant said, and was a close contact of the confirmed case.
NSW has now registered 48 deaths related to the corona virus, by far the most in Australia’s state or territory.
The next highest mortality rate is Victoria with 18.
The state reported only one new confirmed case of coronavirus on Monday morning from nearly 6,000 tests.
It was listed on a traveler who had just returned to quarantine.
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NSW began to roll back COVID-19 restrictions over the weekend.
However, residents continue to be warned about complacency.
“It is fair to say that, in a certain sense, there is a huge destruction of NSW,” said Health Minister Brad Hazzard.
“People value themselves for sacrifices for weeks, by locking themselves in.
“But I also want to remind people that this virus is very dangerous and that we all – all of us – are ducks for this virus.”
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