A second passenger who was onboard a US cruise ship with several confirmed cases of coronavirus has died.
The 72-year-old man died on land in California despite first responders performing CPR.
He is the second passenger of the ship to have died after another unidentified California patient, 71, died from coronavirus nearly two weeks after he returned home from a cruise on the same vessel.
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It's unclear at this stage whether the 72-year-old had coronavirus.
Four Australians are currently onboard the ship, which has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 currently onboard.
All confirmed cases and deaths of the disease have come from passengers who completed previous cruises on the vessel and have since disembarked.
Earlier in the week Princess Cruises assured guests that every effort was being taken to ensure the health of passengers onboard.
"While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 currently on board, the CDC has identified groups of guests and crew who will be tested before arrival into San Francisco," the Grand Princess said in a statement.
"There are fewer than 100 guests and crew identified for testing, including all in-transit guests (guests who sailed the previous Mexico voyage and remained on board for the current Hawaii voyage), those guests and crew who have experienced influenza-like illness symptoms on this voyage, and guests currently under care for respiratory illness."
The Grand Princess was due to depart for Hawaii on March 7. That cruise has since been cancelled and all guests will receive a full refund.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/coronavirus-grand-princess-cruise-ship-death-of-second-passenger-confirmed/846ae4e1-c424-4a92-b6c2-99b7be2eb550