Australia in huge operation to test 9,000 crew stranded on cruise ships

Australia in huge operation to test 9,000 crew stranded on cruise ships

Australia in huge operation to test 9,000 crew stranded on cruise ships

On the opposite aspect of the nation, a standoff continued on Thursday between immigration officers and foreign-owned cruise ships which have been refusing to depart Western Australian waters regardless of being ordered to take action.

"I'm holding the line on this", said Police Commissioner Mick Fuller of New South Wales state, which includes Sydney and where most of the cruise ships are located.

Fuller said anyone found to need urgent medical care would be brought to facilities onshore, but the ships would be expected to head to their home ports with the rest of their crews.

Visiting your partner or parents is banned under strict rules in some Australian states, but you are allowed to leave your home to donate blood or move house.

Sky News host Chris Smith says "NSW health should cop the guilt for" the cruise ship dilemma instead of mounting an aggressive "operation sovereign borders" approach to dealing with stranded ships and crew. "All the hard work we've done could be over", Fuller said, citing possible strain on the health system.

Passengers will not be allowed to disembark from cruise ships in NSW, the state's premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Thursday.

Many countries have become increasingly reluctant to grant entry to cruise ships after the infection of more than 700 people on a vessel berthed off Japan showed how quickly the virus could spread. Though the Australian government has ordered the ships to leave during the coronavirus crisis, they have refused to comply, according to The Guardian.

The Vasco da Gama cruise ship is seen arriving in Fremantle on March 27, 2020. "And we're going to end up back where we started". "The safest place is at home in isolation", he said.

Australia's most populous state stated on Thursday police enforcement of restrictions on private motion meant to gradual the unfold of the coronavirus would final three months, because the variety of new instances continued to gradual.

There have now been four instances in four days where the cruise ship has been boarded due to medical assistance being required.

"Hopefully people will have gotten the message by then".

"The core of that is to make sure we provide every opportunity for businesses not only to keep going but to make sure that they're accelerating what they can do during this time".

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