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Queensland man dies of coronavirus after falling ill on cruise

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Queensland Health has confirmed a 68-year-old man has died from the coronavirus.

A man from south-east Queensland has died from coronavirus after he was infected on a cruise ship docked in Sydney.

Garry Kirstenfeldt, 68, from Toowoomba, was aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Voyager of the Seas.

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The death toll in Australia now stands at 11, after two men in Victoria died overnight.

He then became ill with the virus. He had an underlying medical condition before contracting coronavirus and he died late yesterday.

Queensland Health says his wife remains in isolation.

"Queensland Health offers its sincere condolences to his family. The man's family remains in isolation as close contacts," the department said in a statement.

He had a "serious underlying medical condition before contracting the virus", the department said in a statement.

Australian coronavirus deaths

The first Australian to die from the virus was 78-year-old retired travel agent James Kwan, who passed away in a Perth hospital on March 1. He contracted the virus on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

The second and third victims, a 95-year-old woman and an 82-year-old man, were residents at the same NSW aged care centre. The fifth victim, a 90-year-old woman, also lived there.

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Australia's fourth victim, and Queensland's first, was a 77-year-old woman from the Sunshine Coast who died in Sydney following an interstate flight. According to Queensland Health, she also had an underlying medical condition.

The sixth person to die was an 86-year-old man, who passed away in a Sydney hospital on March 17, NSW Health said.

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An 81-year-old woman passed away in a Sydney hospital on March 19, becoming the seventh victim after close contact with confirmed case linked to Ryde Hospital, NSW Health confirmed.

A female passenger from the Ruby Princess cruise ship, aged in her 70s, became the eighth person to die from the virus. She was taken directly to a NSW hospital after leaving the ship on March 19.

Two men died in Victoria overnight, making them the first case in the state.

You can find more information about the international coronavirus outbreak from the World Health Organisation and

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