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Royal Caribbean passenger becomes second Queenslander to die of COVID-19

A passenger who disembarked a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in Sydney last week has died of COVID-19.

Garry Kirstenfeldt, a 68-year-old man from Toowoomba, died in hospital on Wednesday afternoon, a week after he and his wife were allowed to travel home to Queensland after disembarking the ship.

The Daily Mail reported the ship the man disembarked from was Voyager of the Seas.

Queensland Health said in a statement the man had a serious underlying medical condition before contracting the virus.

Kirstenfeldt was the second Queenslander to die of COVID-19 after a 77-year-old Sunshine Coast woman with an underlying medical condition passed away in Sydney.

His family remain in isolation as close contacts.

This comes after a woman in her 70s who was allowed to disembark Ruby Princess in Sydney last week died of COVID-19.

At least 133 passengers who were onboard Ruby Princess have since tested positive and are considering legal action.

The death brings Australia’s total death toll from the virus to 11, with 2,423 cases confirmed.

Travel Weekly has contacted Royal Caribbean for more information.

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