800 Test Positive On Cruise Ship: Australia’s home affairs minister on Saturday sought to reassure the public that COVID-19 protocols were adequate after a cruise ship with hundreds of infected passengers in Sydney.
Carnival Australia’s Majestic Princess cruise ship was docked in Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, the most populous state, with “around” 800 passengers on board testing positive for the virus, the company said.
800 Test Positive On Cruise Ship
State health officials rated the risk level of the outbreak at “Tier 3”, indicating a high level of transmission.
The incident has been compared to the 2020 outbreak on the Ruby Princess cruise ship. That outbreak, also in New South Wales, resulted in 914 infections and 28 deaths, an investigation found.
Home Affairs Minister Claire O’Neill said officials have put in place “regular protocols” in the wake of the Ruby Princess episode and that New South Wales Health will take the lead in determining how to evacuate passengers from the Majestic Princess “on a case-by-case basis”.
O’Neill told reporters in Melbourne that federal border force officers would complement state officials.
According to New South Wales Health, Carnival Australia, part of global leisure company Carnival Corporation & Plc, said the COVID-positive passengers were isolated and being cared for on the ship. The agency said it is working with cruise ship staff to monitor the health of passengers and crew members.
Company president Marguerite Fitzgerald told ABC television that once Carnival saw a significant number of COVID cases, it implemented additional protocols.
The outbreak comes as COVID-19 cases rise across Australia, the federal government said this week, reflecting community transmission of XBB, the Omicron edition said.
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