April 24, 2020 12:47:28


The Artania cruise ship left Fremantle on Saturday after a fatal coronavirus outbreak on board. (ABC News: Andrew O’Connor)

Western Australia has recorded another COVID-19 fatality with a passenger from the Artania cruise ship dying in hospital.

Key points:The German man aged in his 70s was one of the first cases on the ArtaniaTwo more positive tests in WA have taken the state’s total to 548But the number of active COVID-19 cases has fallen by five to just 76

The passenger, a man from Germany aged in his 70s, died at Sir Charles Gairdner hospital yesterday.

It takes the number of coronavirus deaths from the Artania to four and the total number of fatalities in WA to eight.

Two more cases of the virus have been recorded in the state, leaving the total number of positive tests at 548.

Health Minister Roger Cook said the man was one of the first cases to emerge from the Artania, which left Fremantle Port last Saturday after more than three weeks at dock.

He said the latest death was a reminder of how lethal the virus was.

“This is a reminder of how we cannot for a moment be complacent in the fight against against COVID-19,” he said.

“It takes lives, it takes loved ones from us and we must make sure that we maintain our vigilance at all times.

“I pass on my condolences to their family and friends and everyone in Germany, our heartfelt condolences in their time of loss.”

The Artania was responsible for 81 of WA’s total cases.

One of them, a 42-year-old Filipino crew member, was believed to be the youngest person to die from the disease in Australia.

WA active cases drop to 76

The two new WA cases are a male and a female aged between 25 and 61, both from the metropolitan area.

One is related to overseas travel, while the second is being investigated.

The number of active cases in the state has dropped below 80, with 76 people now recovering from the illness in WA.

Of the active cases, 20 are in hospital with four of them in intensive care.

With the Anzac Day long weekend ahead, Mr Cook urged West Australians to keep doing the right thing.

“I know there’s a temptation to want to go out, socialise, be with friends and loved ones, but can I just appeal to all West Australians, we must continue to observe good social distancing, practise good personal hygiene,” he said.

“It’s everyone working together as a community that has actually got to the point where we have these extremely low numbers every day.

“Now is not the time to be complacent, now is the time to really focus and make sure that as a community we get on top of this virus together.”

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