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Australia's coronavirus death toll hits 95 after a woman dies inside her home in Western Australia

Australia's coronavirus death toll hits 95 after a woman dies inside her home in Western Australia
  • WA woman, 83, has died at home, taking Australia's coronavirus death toll to 95
  • Premier said she contracted the virus in mid-April and died two weeks later 
  • Follows death of Ann Fahey, 76, after outbreak at Sydney's Newmarch House
  • WA has eased restrictions and recorded no new cases for fourth straight day 
Coronavirus has claimed the life of an elderly Western Australian woman, taking the national death toll to 95. 
The woman, 83, contracted the virus from a close contact and was admitted to hospital in mid-April before she died at home on April 30, Premier Mark McGowan announced on Sunday.
'It's heartbreaking to hear another Western Australian has passed away - my heart goes out to her friends and her family,' he told reporters.
'It goes to show just how serious and how deadly this virus is.
'It's a reminder for all of us – we must continue to take the threat of COVID-19 seriously.'
Coronavirus has claimed a ninth West Australian victim to take the national death to 95. Pictured are friends gathering in Kings Park in Perth on Friday after restrictions on public gatherings were lifted
Coronavirus has claimed a ninth West Australian victim to take the national death to 95. Pictured are friends gathering in Kings Park in Perth on Friday after restrictions on public gatherings were lifted
The latest victim, who had pre-existing health condition, is the ninth person to die from the virus in WA since Diamond Princess cruise ship passenger James Kwan, 71, became the first Australian fatality from the global outbreak on March 1.
It comes after Western Australia recorded no new cases for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday after several restrictions were eased. 
The two-person limit on non-work activities and gatherings has been increased to 10 in Western Australia.
But Premier McGowan urged Western Australians to comply with social distancing. 
'We can't afford to get comfortable or slacken off,' Mr McGowan said.
'Don't be an idiot, we're all in this together. Follow the health advice, follow the rules, keep social distancing and keep up the good personal hygiene.
'The more we do this, the sooner we can get back to normal.'
Australia's death toll rose to 95 on Sunday with the death of a woman in western Sydney and the death of a woman at home in Western Australia
Australia's death toll rose to 95 on Sunday with the death of a woman in western Sydney and the death of a woman at home in Western Australia
Earlier on Sunday, the national death toll increased to 94 after western Sydney woman Ann Fahey, 76, died in hospital on Saturday.
Having previously tested negative twice to the virus, her condition deteriorated on Thursday when a nurse found her collapsed on the floor in her room at a virus-riddled aged care home.
Ms Fahey was the 14th resident from Anglicare's Newmarch House aged care facility to die from the virus in the last three weeks since April 12.
Deputy chief medical officer Nick Coatsworth remains upbeat about Australia's handling of the coronavirus.
Australia's toll is relatively small by international standards, as is the number of reported cases at 6787, a rise of 14 in the previous 24 hours.
'We are looking good,' Dr Coatsworth told Sky News on Sunday.
He said the concept of elimination of COVID-19 in Australia would be 'magnificent to achieve' but challenging to sustain.
'Which is why we have taken a position of suppression,' he said.He said that was why there was extra testing for the virus, the COVIDSafe app to assist contact tracing and increased public health resources.
'All those things are designed so that if there are small flares of coronavirus, spot fires if you will, that they can be suppressed very, very quickly,' Dr Coatsworth said.
'That offers the best balance of getting society back on its feet, confidence back into our society and living with coronavirus until a vaccine arrives.'
Ann Fahey, 76, (pictured) died in hospital on Saturday after contracting the virus at her western Sydney aged care facility, where 14 residents have died from the virus
Ann Fahey, 76, (pictured) died in hospital on Saturday after contracting the virus at her western Sydney aged care facility, where 14 residents have died from the virus
Some states have already started to ease restrictions and the national cabinet will on Friday consider lifting some broader curbs.

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 6,799

New South Wales: 3,035
Victoria: 1,384
Queensland: 1,035
Western Australia: 551
South Australia: 438
Tasmania: 221
Australian Capital Territory: 106
Northern Territory: 29
TOTAL CASES:  6,799
RECOVERED: 5,814
DEAD: 95
However, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said relaxing restrictions would depend on Australians signing up for COVIDSafe app, which uses Bluetooth connections to determine who infected people came into close contact with.
Some four million people have registered for the app but the government wants to see millions more by next Friday, a target that Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd believes is 'realistic'.
But he also admitted the app is not yet live and won't up and running until next week,.
Health officials can not use the data but will be able to trace back from the time when someone first downloaded the app.
Meanwhile, Queensland police were forced to issue more than 30 infringement notices for breaches of COVID-19 restrictions on the first day of easing such curbs.
From Saturday, residents in the state could travel up to 50km from their home to shop, visit a park or even go to the drive-in.
Anglicare Sydney says it's working with the NSW Public Health Unit to investigate to cause of the new cases at the coronavirus-riddled aged care  home near Penrith
Anglicare Sydney says it's working with the NSW Public Health Unit to investigate to cause of the new cases at the coronavirus-riddled aged care  home near Penrith

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