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Qld man aged in his 80s dies from COVID-19


Australia has recorded its first COVID-19 death for 2021 after a man in his 80s died in a Brisbane hospital.

Health minister Yvette D'Ath said the Australian man succumbed to the disease on Monday night after returning from the Philippines.

It follows the death of a NSW man in his 70s in late December, who died from respiratory complications after being infected with COVID-19 in March 2020.

"This is another reminder that this is a deadly virus and we are still seeing thousands of people around the world on a daily basis dying from COVID," Ms D'Ath said.

The man returned to Australia on March 20 and tested positive five days later, when he was admitted to Brisbane's Prince Charles Hospital.

He had been living in the Philippines for "some time" before returning to Queensland and entering hotel quarantine.

His is the seventh coronavirus-related death in Queensland, Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said.

Five of the state's previous deaths acquired infections on cruise ships before being diagnosed in Queensland, while another woman was infected in the state before dying in Sydney.

Coronavirus deaths are only included in Queensland's official death toll if infections are diagnosed in the state.

That was not the case with another recent death, that of former PNG Eastern Highlands governor Malcolm Smith.

He died in a hospital north of Brisbane last week but had been diagnosed in PNG.

Dr Young said the man who died overnight had transited through Papua New Guinea but was infected in the Philippines.

"As we go forward, that reminds us of the importance of everyone, when they're able to and when the vaccine is offered to them, to go out and get vaccinated," Dr Young said.

The death comes as Queensland prepares to lift virus restrictions that have been in place since the end of Brisbane's lockdown.

"If we are in a fortunate position to lift these restrictions on Thursday, we will be back to having some of the lowest restrictions in the country," Ms D'Ath said.

She backed the state's recent implementation of a snap three day lockdown as it managed two clusters linked to hospital workers.

"The best thing to do is a quick short lockdown, and in fact a lot of business leaders and stakeholders were saying... if it has to happen, please do it and do it quickly."

The state recorded two new cases of COVID-19 in hotel quarantine overnight.

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