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New coronavirus deaths recorded in NSW, Victoria and Queensland as national cases approach 5,000

Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos and Victorian Chief Health Officer Prof Brett Sutton. Source: AAP

Victoria’s fifth coronavirus victim was confirmed on Thursday as a woman in her 70s.

 

Australia's coronavirus death toll has risen to 23, with deaths in the country's three biggest states adding to the tally of victims.

NSW, Victoria and Queensland reported one new death each on Thursday morning as the number of diagnosed cases approaches 5,000 nationally.

A 67-year-old woman in Orange became the first NSW death outside of Sydney.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in NSW has reached 2,298, with 116 new cases recorded by 8pm on Wednesday, while the state's death toll sits at 10 - almost half of the country's tally of 21 deaths.