Australia Tells Cruise Ships to Leave as CCP Virus Cases Rise

Elias Hubbard
March 26, 2020

It had been previously reported he was a passenger on board the Ruby Princess.

Seven passengers have tested positive for Covid-19 aboard the Artania, which had been due to travel onward to South Africa but is now anchored near the port of Fremantle.

A cruise ship carrying coronavirus-infected passengers off the coast of Perth has been allowed to dock due to a medical emergency on board.

All visitors to the island were told to leave this week, and McGowan said the government had "made arrangements for accommodation, catering and security" of people under quarantine.

A worker cleans the waterfront area of the Sydney Opera House, in the wake of New South Wales implementing measures shutting down non-essential businesses and moving toward harsh penalties to enforce self-isolation as the spread of coronavirus reached what the state's premier calls a "critical stage" in Australia, March 26, 2020.

This precautionary approach has been adopted by WA, after thousands of passengers were allowed to disembark in Sydney from the Ruby Princess cruise ship, more than a hundred of whom later tested positive for COVID-19.

A report in The Australian, citing "several state government MPs", said Ms Berejiklian told a party-room meeting of Liberals that the Australian Border Force ultimately made the decision to allow the passengers ashore.

The ABC reported two other cruise ships are being prevented from docking at Fremantle, about 14 miles south-west of state capital Perth.

A spokesman for the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We are doing all we can to help British people on board the Vasco de Gama cruise ship". MSC Cruises declined to comment on the destination of the vessel, which it has said has no unwell passengers.

As the Coronavirus pandemic grips the entire world in a lockdown situation, almost 800 passengers in Australia will be quarantined on an island which is home to hundreds of the country's "cutest marsupials" - the quokkas.

Further job losses are expected, with some economists expecting Australian unemployment to double this year to more than 11 per cent.

Dr Chant added health authorities in New Zealand, where the cruise ship visited, had checked the Ruby Princess for COVID-19.

Flight Centre on Thursday said a third of its 20,000 strong workforce faced temporary or permanent redundancy, while retail tycoon Solomon Lew's Premier Investments Ltd temporarily closed all stores in Australia.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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