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Deaths of man from ACT and woman from Victoria take Australian COVID-19 death toll to 30

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Two more Australians have died from coronavirus, taking the nation’s death toll to 30.

The deaths include the ACT’s second coronavirus death.

The man, who was aged in his 80s, had pre-existing health issues and died at the Canberra hospital.

ACT Chief Health Officer, Kerryn Coleman said the very sad reality of this disease was that the elderly and the vulnerable are at a greatly increased risk of complications.

“Stay at home as much as possible and only go out when you need to. If you do leave the house for essential reasons, like shopping, exercising, for medical reasons or to work, please limit the amount of interaction you have with other people,” Dr Coleman said in a statement on Saturday.

A woman in her 70s also died in hospital in Victoria, in the eighth COVID-19 death for the State.

Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos confirmed the death on Saturday.

“Currently there are 42 people in hospital, this is up from 37 yesterday and 10 patients in intensive care which is up from 7 yesterday,” Ms Mikakos said.

There were an additional 30 cases of the virus in the State since yesterday, bringing the total number of cases up to 1115.

Of those 209 cases were recorded in regional Victoria, she said.

It comes as some Victorians continue to flout coronavirus restrictions with police slapping 25 more people with fines across the state.

In the past 24 hours the State’s police carried out more than 700 spot checks at homes, business and non-essential services.

More than 390 of those checked were returned travellers and 99 of those recent arrivals were not at home when police turned up.

“That’s incredibly disappointing, those individuals are putting their fellow Victorians at risk,” Ms Mikakos said.

She said people who had arrived from overseas last week were being quarantined at hotels.

“For those people that returned prior to the start those changes they are still required to self-quarantine at home. No exceptions,” she said.

Yesterday, WA recorded its third coronavirus death — a passenger from the cruise ship the Artania, which is docked at Fremantle.

The man, who was aged in his 60s, died in Joondalup Hospital.

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