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Grieving mother diagnosed with COVID-19 on same day as her husband died

Grieving mother diagnosed with COVID-19 on same day as her husband died
A stepson of an 85-year-old Toowoomba man who became Queensland's third coronavirus death has revealed his mother also tested positive to the virus.
Craig Blackburn said his mother Bev had only found out about her diagnosis yesterday, the same day that her husband Des Williams died in the Toowoomba Hospital.
"The nightmare has only just started," Mr Blackburn told 9 News.
"She had only just tested positive yesterday so we're devastated. She was on the cruise with Des and her two sisters.
"We found out yesterday."
Craig Blackburn said his mother had also been diagnosed with the virus. (Nine)
Both Des and Bev had been passengers on the plagued Ruby Princess cruise ship.
Mr Blackburn said his mother had been in self-isolation for the past two weeks before she tested positive with no symptoms.
To make matters worse, due to current social distancing rules the family cannot allow more than 10 people to attend Mr Williams' funeral.
"We can't even have a funeral yet because we have to wait for my mum to a) survive and b) get out of isolation," he said.
Mr Blackburn said the family was starting to feel some level of animosity toward the crew and owners of the Ruby Princess.
The Ruby Princess cruise ship is currently floating off the coast of Sydney. (AAP)
"We're definitely starting to feel that now there's new information coming to light about what's actually happened," he said.
"We are starting to feel quite angry about the whole process and as a result we've lost one very close family member."
Mr Blackburn said the pair returned from the cruise seemingly in good health.
"They were fine when they got home," he said.
"It was only probably five or six days later a bit of a cold started appearing.
"Des had a bit of a cold then a week and one day later he had other symptoms starting to happen.
"Pretty much the next day when they went to get tested they pretty much took him straight to hospital."

Des was 'fit as a fiddle' before cruise

Mr Williams is being remembered as a "strong and beautiful man who saw the best in every person".
Jacqui Blackburn, Mr Williams's daughter-in-law said on Facebook she was devastated by his passing.
"Today the world lost a true gentleman," she said.
"My husband lost his stepfather, my mother in law lost her husband, and my kids lost their grandfather.
Ms Blackburn said Mr Williams was anything but "elderly".
"While Des was 85, he had the health and strength of a 75-year-old. I wish they wouldn't say he was elderly because he was nothing like that," she said.
She recalled days he would tend to his plants in the garden for hours, despite having undergone a double knee construction.
"He recovered like a champion. If that doesn't show how strong he was, I don't know what does," Ms Blackburn said.
Mr Blackburn agreed, saying his stepfather was a man who "loved life".
"In general health he was fit as a fiddle. Even though he was 85 years old you would have thought he was 70 based on his health," he said.
The three deaths recorded in Queensland have all been from people who have disembarked from cruise ships.
Mr Williams and a woman who died in the Caboolture hospital on the weekend had both been on the Ruby Princess.
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