January 27, 2021

Breaking News Today

Latest news, breaking news, today's news stories

Australia’s First Coronavirus Death Confirmed As Further Travel Restrictions Enforced

3 min read
<div><p>MELBOURNE - A former passenger on the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined off Japan for <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/news/coronavirus/">coronavirus (COVID-19) </a>died in a hospital in Perth early on Sunday, a health official said, becoming<span data-qa-component="highlight-text"> Australia</span>’s first death from the virus.</p><p>The 78-year-old man James Kwan had been in quarantine since being evacuated from the cruise ship off Yokohama, one of more than 150<span data-qa-component="highlight-text"> Australia</span>ns taken off the vessel. </p></div><!-- start relEntries --><div><h3>Related...</h3><ul><li><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/coronavirus-australia-racism_au_5e33a522c5b6f2623326d72b?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="Chinese-Australians Facing Racism After Coronavirus Outbreak"> Chinese-Australians Facing Racism After Coronavirus Outbreak </a></li><li><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/coronavirus-anxiety-how-to-cope_au_5e586433c5b60102210e7065?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="Coronavirus Anxiety Is Real – 7 Tips From Therapists On How To Cope"> Coronavirus Anxiety Is Real – 7 Tips From Therapists On How To Cope </a></li><li><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/coronavirus-covid-19-chinese-restaurants_au_5e4dbb6ec5b6a8bbccb8449d?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="Heartwarming #IWillEatWithYou Campaign Supports Chinese Restaurants After Coronavirus"> Heartwarming #IWillEatWithYou Campaign Supports Chinese Restaurants After Coronavirus </a></li><li><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/cancel-trip-coronavirus-travellers-insurance_au_5e583d7ac5b6450a30bc2466?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="Cancelling A Trip Due To Coronavirus? Here’s What Travellers Need To Know."> Cancelling A Trip Due To Coronavirus? Here’s What Travellers Need To Know. </a></li><li><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/masterchef-diana-chan-coronavirus_au_5e547b4fc5b6ad3de382f74a?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="MasterChef Star Addresses Coronavirus And Chinese Restaurant Panic: 'Viruses Are Not Discriminatory To A Race'"> MasterChef Star Addresses Coronavirus And Chinese Restaurant Panic: 'Viruses Are Not Discriminatory To A Race' </a></li><li><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/coronavirus-chinese-australians-xenophobia_au_5e4cbbc3c5b65f25da51442b?ncid=other_huffpostre_pqylmel2bk8&utm_campaign=related_articles" aria-label="From Foreign Agents To Disease Carriers, It Is Tough Being A Chinese-Australian These Days"> From Foreign Agents To Disease Carriers, It Is Tough Being A Chinese-Australian These Days </a></li></ul></div><!-- end relEntries --><div><p>“Our condolences are with his family and unfortunately he’s the first death we’ve had from coronavirus in<span data-qa-component="highlight-text"> Australia</span>,” Andrew Robertson, the chief health officer of Western<span data-qa-component="highlight-text"> Australia </span>state, told journalists.</p></div><img src="https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5e5c32c823000061100bf6c5.jpeg?ops=scalefit_630_noupscale" alt="Travel agent James Kwan died in Perth on Sunday after being diagnosed with coronavirus. " data-caption="Travel agent James Kwan died in Perth on Sunday after being diagnosed with coronavirus. " data-credit="Nine Network" data-credit-link-back=""><div><p>The man’s widow Theresa also caught the virus, but is in stable condition, the health official said.<span data-qa-component="highlight-text"> </span></p><p>Travel agent Mr Kwan was flown to Perth on February 21, after being diagnosed with coronavirus 10 days ago while in quarantine in Northern Territory’s Howard Springs. </p><p>He was in isolation in Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital before he died on Sunday morning.  </p><p>“My husband passed away peacefully knowing that his family loved him,” Mrs Kwan said in a statement obtained by <a href="https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/tourism-pioneer-james-kwan-78-the-first-aussie-to-die-from-coronavirus/news-story/7e079676a84deb13cf140db7e5c6bb22" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Australian</a>. </p></div><img src="https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5e5c28012600001e16b60040.jpeg?ops=scalefit_630_noupscale" alt="" data-caption="" data-credit="Jenny Evans via Getty Images" data-credit-link-back=""><div><p>According to the publication, Mr Kwan founded Perth tour company Wel-Travel in 1988, before handing the business over to his son Edwin in recent years. </p><p>“James and Theresa were very much a hand-in-glove couple — wherever James was, Theresa was there to support him in the family business,” a friend told the news outlet.</p><p><span data-qa-component="highlight-text">Australia</span>’s tally of virus infections rose by one to 26 on Sunday, the latest government figures showed.</p><p>Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a tweet that he was saddened to hear of the man’s passing and the government would continue to do what it could to protect<span data-qa-component="highlight-text"> Australia</span>ns from coronavirus.</p><p>“We are monitoring and responding to the information we are receiving every day,” Morrison tweeted. “We are not immune, but we are as prepared as any country can be and we will get through this.”</p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Am very saddened at the death of an elderly Australian man from Perth, who contracted COVID-19 and we evacuated from the Diamond Princess in Japan. We join his family and friends in mourning his passing. COVID-19 is especially more severe for older people with other frailties.</p>— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) <a href="https://twitter.com/ScottMorrisonMP/status/1233954019724316672?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">March 1, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We will continue to do all we can to protect Australians from <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/coronavirus?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#coronavirus</a>. We are monitoring and responding to the information we are receiving every day. We are not immune, but we are as prepared as any country can be and we will get through this.</p>— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) <a href="https://twitter.com/ScottMorrisonMP/status/1233954021402005504?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">March 1, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Our highest priority is keeping Australians safe. Today the National Security Committee of Cabinet decided, based on expert medical advice regarding the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/coronavirus?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#coronavirus</a> outbreak, to introduce new travel restrictions and update the travel advice for Iran.</p>— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) <a href="https://twitter.com/ScottMorrisonMP/status/1233668810202238976?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 29, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Australia has led the world with our response to coronavirus. We’re well prepared. We've got ahead, we’ll stay ahead, and together we'll get through this.</p>— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) <a href="https://twitter.com/ScottMorrisonMP/status/1233668812177719296?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 29, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><p>On Saturday,<span data-qa-component="highlight-text"> Australia </span>said it would deny entry to all foreigners travelling from Iran because of the spreading virus in the Islamic republic.</p><p>There have been more than 85,000 virus infections worldwide, the majority in China, the World Health Organisation said. Outside China, it has spread to 53 countries, with more than 6,000 cases and 86 deaths.</p><p><em>Reporting by Will Ziebell</em></p></div><section><h5></h5><div></div></section>

MELBOURNE - A former passenger on the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined off Japan for coronavirus (COVID-19) died in a hospital in Perth early on Sunday, a health official said, becoming Australia’s first death from the virus.

The 78-year-old man James Kwan had been in quarantine since being evacuated from the cruise ship off Yokohama, one of more than 150 Australians taken off the vessel. 

“Our condolences are with his family and unfortunately he’s the first death we’ve had from coronavirus in Australia,” Andrew Robertson, the chief health officer of Western Australia state, told journalists.

Travel agent James Kwan died in Perth on Sunday after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

The man’s widow Theresa also caught the virus, but is in stable condition, the health official said. 

Travel agent Mr Kwan was flown to Perth on February 21, after being diagnosed with coronavirus 10 days ago while in quarantine in Northern Territory’s Howard Springs. 

He was in isolation in Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital before he died on Sunday morning.  

“My husband passed away peacefully knowing that his family loved him,” Mrs Kwan said in a statement obtained by The Australian

According to the publication, Mr Kwan founded Perth tour company Wel-Travel in 1988, before handing the business over to his son Edwin in recent years. 

“James and Theresa were very much a hand-in-glove couple — wherever James was, Theresa was there to support him in the family business,” a friend told the news outlet.

Australia’s tally of virus infections rose by one to 26 on Sunday, the latest government figures showed.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a tweet that he was saddened to hear of the man’s passing and the government would continue to do what it could to protect Australians from coronavirus.

“We are monitoring and responding to the information we are receiving every day,” Morrison tweeted. “We are not immune, but we are as prepared as any country can be and we will get through this.”

On Saturday, Australia said it would deny entry to all foreigners travelling from Iran because of the spreading virus in the Islamic republic.

There have been more than 85,000 virus infections worldwide, the majority in China, the World Health Organisation said. Outside China, it has spread to 53 countries, with more than 6,000 cases and 86 deaths.

Reporting by Will Ziebell

Source: Huffington Post Australia Athena2 https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/coronavirus-australia-death-perth_au_5e5c256ac5b6450a30c0ba44

Copyright © All rights reserved. | BREAKING NEWS TODAY
Shares
Share This