News Coronavirus South Australia records third coronavirus death, national toll hits 51
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South Australia records third coronavirus death, national toll hits 51

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A third person in South Australia has succumbed to the coronavirus.

The man, 76, from the Barossa Valley passed away on Wednesday night from COVID-19 in Royal Adelaide Hospital.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends,” SA Health said in a statement on Thursday.

His passing is the third death in the state from COVID-19 and follows the passing of a 62-year-old woman on Wednesday who contracted the virus when she was a passenger on the Ruby Princess cruise ship.

Another man, 75-year-old Francesco Ferraro, died on Monday.

SA Premier Steven Marshall expressed his condolences for the man, and said it was likely he had caught the disease from one of the Barossa Valley clusters.

Mr Marshall said it was the first time a person had died in South Australia after a COVID-19 transmission within the state that was not directly associated with travel.

Mr Marshall extended his condolences to the family.

He warned that COVID-19 was “a terrible, deadly, insidious disease” and the effect of the pandemic on society would last for months.

There are 420 cases of coronavirus in South Australia.

SA Health said 120 people in the state have recovered from the virus so far.

-with agencies