CENTRAL WEST, NSW, Australia - A Blayney woman has died overnight as a result of the coronavirus.
The woman's husband is also ill with the virus and is reportedly fighting for his life.
Janet Lieben died in the ICU at Orange Base Hospital.
A retired factory worker, Janet, 67, and husband Jerry, a retired senior non-commissioned officer with the Australian Army, had been on the Ruby Princess cruise that docked at Sydney Harbour after an 11 day round trip to New Zealand and were ordered into self-isolation at their home in Blayney, in the New South Wales Central West on 19 March.
"Jerry is an ex Vietnam veteran and Janet was a vibrant, wonderful woman and was very healthy. We're a very tight knit community; Janet's death has affected us all," ADAA President Nick Nicolai, a retired army member who was on board the cruise ship told The Daily Telegraph on Thursday.
"Initially we weren't made aware people on the cruise had tested positive for the coronavirus, we were just advised to go to sick bay if we felt unwell."
"The vessel was clean, the staff professional, I have no issue with the Ruby Princess. A number of Australians in our group have got the virus and are in various forms of recovery, from fine to not very well at all and in hospital."
The Western New South Wales Local Health District confirmed to the Telegraph Ms Lieben died from complications related to Covid-19 overnight. Ten people have now died in New South Wales as a result of the virus.