Australia Searches 2,700 cruise passengers Within coronavirus Anxieties

Australia Searches 2,700 cruise passengers Within coronavirus Anxieties

Australia Searches 2,700 cruise passengers Within coronavirus Anxieties

Royal Carribbean cruise ship "Ovation of the Seas" in December 2019.

The cruise ship had confirmed cases of COVID-19 on board, so each passenger will still need to self-quarantine for the requisite 14-day period, the Governor's Office explained.

It comes after New South Wales reported 83 new cases on Saturday, its biggest jump to date, including seven people who contracted COVID-19 after attending a church service at Sydney's Ryde Civic Centre on 8 March alongside more than 300 others.

The ship arrived in Sydney yesterday and any New Zealanders on board returning to New Zealand will be regarded as close contacts, put in self-isolation and monitored daily.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt was questioned by reporters in Melbourne on Saturday morning on why passengers from the Ruby Princess cruise ship were allowed to disembark.

The passengers have been under U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) quarantine since their ship docked in California on March 9.

Those cases are in addition to the four people who tested positive on the Ruby Princess ship, which let passengers disembark in Sydney on Friday.

"Seventy-four cases have been locally acquired without an identified source of infection". From there, they were taken back to their homes for self-quarantine.

"The majority of cases diagnosed in NSW were either acquired overseas or are a contact of a known case", NSW Health said.

"The organization that possesses that Ruby Princess is handling the matter", explained Hazzard.

Hazzard said that there might be further cases of the Covid-19 among the passengers but it has not been confirmed yet.

"On board there were some people on board the cruise ship who presented with flu-like symptoms".

NSW Health is now urgently trying to contact all those people who were on board.

Royal Caribbean International's Voyager of the Seas.

It is unclear how numerous passengers on board have been contacted yet, but Brad Hazzard has urged the public to contact friends and family who were on the ship to inform them of the news as quickly as possible.

"If I had my opportunity to have my two bob's worth, with the benefit of what we now know about those ... people, I'd have said yeah, maybe we should hold them on the ship", he said.

Yesterday, Royal Caribbean announced it was suspending all cruises worldwide.

Operator Princess Cruises didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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