Coronavirus update: England’s lockdown measures start to ease, Brazil records highest daily death toll, another death linked to Ruby Princess

England has tentatively begun easing its coronavirus lockdown, urging thousands to return to work if they can to begin rebuilding a struggling economy.

Brazil has recorded its highest daily death toll, with more than 800 deaths in 24 hours, while South Korea is sticking to its plan to ease restrictions despite a cluster of cases linked to a nightclub district in the capital city.

In Australia, the coronavirus death toll has risen to 98 after another Ruby Princess fatality, while the Chief Medical Officer is seeking advice on a coronavirus-linked condition that has killed three children in the US.

Another death linked to Ruby Princess

NSW health authorities have confirmed an 81-year-old woman who had been a passenger on the Ruby Princess died from COVID-19 yesterday.

The death raises Australia’s coronavirus death toll to 98 and the number of fatalities linked to the cruise ship to 22.

New South Wales confirmed six new coronavirus infections this morning, from more than 8,100 tests. That came after the state announced yesterday that it had gone 24 hours without confirming a new case for the first time since the pandemic began.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said NSW Health knew the source of three of the new cases.

Victoria recorded seven new cases overnight, with none of them linked to the Cedar Meats outbreak in Melbourne. However, the state’s total only went up by by five as two previous cases were reclassified and removed.

Queensland’s tally went up by one this morning, but Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was an “old case”.

Western Australia recorded no new cases this morning, with Premier Mark McGowan saying only one COVID-19 patient remained in hospital in the state.

In the daily coronavirus briefing, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said the total number of cases recorded nationwide was at 6,975, estimating about 700 people were still sick with COVID-19.

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