MELBOURNE 

Australia confirmed Sunday its first death from the coronavirus amid a rise in the number of cases nationwide, a chief health officer said on Sunday.

A 78-year-old man contracted the virus known as COVID-19, while on the Diamond Princess ship in Japan and died at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, according to Andrew Robertson. His wife also tested positive for the virus but is in a stable condition.

“There’s no risk to the general community or staff,” said Robertson.

Australia evacuated 164 of its citizens from the Diamond Princess ship in Yokohama. Nine people tested positive for

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