Deputy Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly.

Death toll at 54 with new victims in three states

There is a lot of misinformation circulating about the COVID-19 pandemic, with Deputy Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly warning people not to believe claims a cure for the virus has been found.

He told reporters that the discovery of a specific treatment for the illness has not yet occured.

Australians are being urged to "stay at home" this Easter to "lock in" the gains from weeks of harsh coronavirus restrictions, with Health Minister Greg Hunt describing the long weekend as "in many ways the most important weekend we may face in the whole course of the virus".

In his Easter message on Thursday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison noted this year would be hard for many, with no large family gatherings or church services. "For Christians, not being able to gather does not diminish the hope that we have through this important Easter period," he said. "This year, we will live out our faith by doing the right thing."

There are more than 6100 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Australia with 2822 in New South Wales, 1241 in Victoria, 966 in Queensland, 421 in South Australia, 495 in Western Australia, 111 in Tasmania, 103 in the Australian Capital Territory and 28 in the Northern Territory .

The death toll now stands at 54.


Death toll rises to 54

Ally Foster

Tasmania has recorded its fourth coronavirus death, bringing the national death toll to 54.

Health Minister Sarah Courtney said an elderly man died at the Northwest Hospital.

"I sent my sincere condolences to his friends and family," Ms Courtney said.

The state also saw four more confirmed coronavirus cases overnight and yesterday, bringing the state's total to 111.

"This is serious and I urge all Tasmanians to continue taking steps you need to take to ensure we keep the community safe," Ms Courtney said.

"With regards to the outbreak at the Northwest regional Hospital, I take the safety and well-being of Tasmanians extraordinarily seriously so we are taking additional steps.

"The safety of the staff at the hospitals is our highest priority. Therefore, all staff who worked at the Northwest regional Hospital in the medical or surgical wards will be asked to quarantine for 14 days.

"We will be providing accommodation for those staff who are unable to quarantine in their own homes."


Death toll rises to 53

Frank Chung

Mr Hazzard has announced the state's 22nd death.

The 69-year-old man died at John Hunter Hospital.

The national death toll now stands at 53.


Death toll rises to 52

Frank Chung

Victoria has just reported its 13th coronavirus death.

That brings the national death toll to 52.

There have been 13 new cases in the state for a total of 1241.