Health officials in Australia have reported 133 coronavirus infections and one fatality among people from a cruise ship that docked in Sydney last Thursday. Locals are questioning the authorities' handling of the case as many of them were confirmed to be infected after they were allowed to disembark.
About 3,800 passengers and crew were on board the Ruby Princess. On Friday, authorities announced three people on board had tested positive, but passengers had already been allowed to disembark the day before. Officials say that was because their risk of infection was low, given the small number of cases in New Zealand, their previous stop.
Many passengers developed symptoms after getting off the ship and turned out to be positive.
The vessel is operated by the same company that runs other virus-hit cruise ships, including the Diamond Princess which was quarantined in the Japanese port of Yokohama.