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Toowoomba records second COVID-19 death

AN 85-year-old man has died in the Toowoomba Hospital overnight after complications due to COVID-19, Queensland's Health Minister Steven Miles confirmed this morning.

"Queensland has confirmed it's third death (in the state) overnight," Mr Miles said.

"An 85-year-old man passed away in the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service region in the Toowoomba Hospital overnight.

"Condolences from all of Queensland go to that gentleman's family, who are of course grieving right now.

"Each of these deaths reminds us of just how important our effort to stop the spread of this outbreak, to slow the spread of this outbreak is."

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the man was a passenger on the Ruby Princess cruise ship, which has been the source of about 400 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Australia. 

"There is another family that's grieving tonight and I extend my condolences to the family," the Premier said.  

Groom MP John McVeigh this morning paid his condolences to the man. 

"When we lose a local resident and no doubt loved family member, it really hits home that this potentially affects every family in the country," Dr McVeigh said.

"On behalf of the Federal Government, I can certainly express our condolences and the whole Darling Downs and Toowoomba community to the person that we've lost.

"This is what we want to prevent through the coronavirus response, but to hear of that death is an absolute tragedy for our community."

Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio said the city's thoughts and prayers were with the man and his family.

"We've lost another local citizen and that is of course very sad," Cr Antonio said.

Toowoomba man Garry Kirstenfeldt died on March 25 in the Toowoomba Hospital after contracting COVID-19 on the Voyager of the Seas cruise ship.

The man's death has taken Queensland's coronavirus death toll to four. 

Six people were yesterday diagnosed with coronavirus in the Darling Downs region, bringing the total cases in the region to 37.

There are now 29 people who have tested positive for the virus in Toowoomba, four in Oakey, two in Kingaroy, one in Warwick and one in Miles.