Canberra, Mar 24 (AP) A woman who was infected with the new coronavirus on a cruise ship has become Australia's eighth COVID-19 death. Health authorities say the woman, in her 70s, died in a Sydney hospital on Tuesday.

She was one of the initial three cases confirmed aboard the Ruby Princess and was taken to a hospital on Thursday.

So far, 133 passengers from the Ruby Princess have tested positive since the ship docked in Sydney following a 11-day New Zealand cruise.

The 2,700 passengers had been cleared to go home without self-isolating because the cruise was regarded as low risk. (AP)

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