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COVID-19 death toll rises to 20 in Australia as number of cases nears 5000

COVID-19 death toll rises to 20 in Australia as number of cases nears 5000

A 95-year-old woman has died overnight in NSW from COVID-19, bringing Australia’s death toll from the virus to 20.

COVID-19 death toll rises to 20 in Australia as number of cases nears 5000

The woman was a resident of the Dorothy Henderson Lodge in Sydney’s Macquarie Park – she is the fifth resident of the aged care facility to die from the coronavirus.

Nine of Australia’s 20 coronavirus-related deaths have been in NSW.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has urged residents of her state to remain vigilant, warning that the worst is yet to come.

“Things are, unfortunately, from a medical perspective, going to get worse,” she said.

“We need to make sure our hospitals are ready and that we can take care of the number of people we anticipate may get sick.”

There are 4762 cases of coronavirus in Australia, with NSW reporting 150 new cases today and Victoria reporting 51 new cases.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews urged people to continue to practise social distancing, warning of the consequences for anyone who does not comply with the rules.

“If you break the rules, there are very significant penalties, because if these rules aren’t followed, people will die. That’s why there are significant fines,” he said.

“If there’s any doubt, simply ask yourself: ‘Do I need to do what I’m thinking of doing?’

“And if the answer is no, stay at home, preserve the health system and save lives.”

It comes as almost 370,000 businesses have registered for the federal government’s JobKeeper wage subsidy.

Under the scheme, businesses that have lost 30 per cent of their revenue will be paid up to $1500 a fortnight per employee for the next six months.

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