MELBOURNE

The death toll in Australia from the novel coronavirus has risen to eight, New South Wales Health said Tuesday.

A 70-year-old woman, one of 133 patients evacuated last week from the Ruby Princess cruise ship, succumbed to the virus at a local hospital.

There are a total of 1,895 confirmed cases in the country.

In a bid to prevent the spread of the virus, Australia closed its borders to non-citizens recently and issued a travel ban.

Those defying social distancing in Australia can be fined up to $11,000 or receive prison sentences.

After emerging in Wuhan, China last December,

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