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Coroner to probe deaths

The North West Regional Hospital is seen closed in Burnie, Tasmania, Tuesday, April 14, 2020. Health workers in northwest Tasmania, where a coronavirus outbreak has shut two hospitals, attended an "illegal" dinner party together, Australia's Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy has revealed. (AAP Image/Simon Sturzaker) NO ARCHIVING

Two deaths at Burnie's North West Regional Hospital have been referred to the coroner.

Health authorities say a man died on Sunday morning and a woman early on Monday. 

Both were aged in their 60s.

The pair had previously tested positive to Covid-19 but also had serious unrelated health conditions. 

"Until more information relating to the deaths is obtained from the Coroner, they will not be counted as coronavirus-related deaths," said Deputy Director of Public Health, Dr Scott McKeown. 

"Tasmania’s coronavirus-related deaths remain at 13, depending upon the outcomes of the Coroner’s determination."

The state went a third day without a new infection on Monday, leaving the infection total on 226. 

Health Department figures state just 16 active infections remain in the state, including seven hospital patients. 

AAP Image/Simon Sturzaker 


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