Australia confirms first coronavirus death as Western Australian man dies_1

A passenger evacuated from the Diamond Princess has become the first Australian to die from the disease, Western Australian health officials have confirmed.

The 78-year-old man, whose name has not been released, passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning.

His wife is also being treated for the coronavirus and remains in hospital.

Meanwhile, as the virus spreads with increasing speed around the world, suspicion that Iran’s coronavirus infection rate is much higher than reported has prompted a swift Australian travel ban, effective from Sunday 1 March.

The secretive country has the highest official death toll outside Hubei and is now the highest risk outside China but is denying accusations of a cover-up.

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