Cruise Ship Carrying Covid-Positive Passengers Arrives In Sydney

Following a surge of illnesses, a cruise liner with hundreds of Covid-positive passengers docked in Sydney, Australia. According to Carnival Australia President Marguerite Fitzgerald, an epidemic of infections was discovered on the Majestic Princess cruise ship around halfway through a 12-day journey.

According to CNN affiliate Nine News, there were 4,600 passengers and staff members on board the ship at the time. Approximately 800 passengers and a small number of crew members had positive Covid-19 tests after 3,300 passengers had mass tests, according to Fitzgerald.

According to Princess Cruises’ parent company official Briana Latter, “all positive instances were moderately symptomatic or asymptomatic and those guests isolated in their staterooms and then removed from non-impacted guests.”

According to CNN affiliate Nine News, cruise operators separately took passengers who were affected off the ship and encouraged them to finish a five-day isolation period.

According to a New South Wales Health Department, those who tested negative were free to exit the ship. The statement continued, “Carnival has informed NSW Health that they are assisting travellers with Covid-19 to make safe further travel arrangements.

Cruise Ship Carrying Covid Passengers Arrives Sydney
Cruise Ship Carrying Covid Passengers Arrives Sydney

The Majestic Princess outbreak, according to Latter, “reflects a surge in community transmission in Australia.” Covid instances have increased recently in Australia, prompting the government to be more cautious.

In the previous week, the New South Wales Ministry of Health reported 19,800 new cases of Covid-19 and 22 fatalities. Since then, the Majestic Princess cruise ship has sailed from Sydney to Melbourne and Tasmania.

Later, Fitzgerald stated that Carnival Australia has travelled on more than 50 domestic and international trips “with a vast majority of more than 100,000 guests unaffected by Covid.” However, she added, “the spike in positive instances on the last three voyages has been brought on by Covid’s presence in the community.

Fitzgerald said that the business has been employing “the most stringent and tight precautions which go well above existing requirements,” such as requiring 95% of visitors over the age of 12 to be immunized and testing employees and passengers for Covid before boarding.

“We take seriously our obligation to ensure everyone’s safety. This includes taking care of not only our visitors but also the larger community in which we conduct business and travel, according to Fitzgerald. Not the first Carnival cruise to experience a Covid epidemic is the Majestic Princess.

The Grand Princess, Diamond Princess and at least three additional ships in the company’s Princess fleet all had outbreaks early in the pandemic.

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