People Aboard Cruise Ship In Australia Test Positive For Coronavirus

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The cruise ship had confirmed cases of COVID-19 on board, so each passenger will follow Center for Disease Control and Wisconsin Department of Health Services protocols and continue to self-quarantine for the requisite 14-day period after landing at the National Guard's Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center in Camp Douglas, Wisconsin.

New South Wales Health Department said in a statement on March 20: "NSW Health has identified today four people on the cruise ship Ruby Princess who have tested positive to COVID-19.

People who also attended these parties should be on alert for symptoms of Covid-19 and immediately isolate themselves if any symptoms develop".

The infected crew member is still on board the ship, which is now off the New South Wales South Coast without any passengers.

"The very big concern, is that those people came off the cruise with no knowledge of COVID actually being on their ship", Hazzard said, referring to the disease caused by the virus.

"All of the 300 United Kingdom passengers are in the same position and they had decided together as a group that they weren't getting off the ship until they had confirmed flights and transport direct to the airport in case they were stranded".

The Ministry of Health was in the process of contacting the 56 New Zealanders who were on board the ship.

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Governor Evers made the announcement Saturday, saying the four Wisconsin citizens who were aboard the ship which was docked in Oakland California last week arrived home late Friday night.

One other had travelled on to Tasmania where they are now being cared for. Passengers disembarked on the 18th.

Daughter, Emma Lynch, who said her parents had planned to travel overland from Buenos Aires to Rio De Janerio, described the chaos over the last number of days, with the Argentinians at first barring the ship from docking, and finally allowing it to happen, after which the temperatures of passengers were taken.

Seven people have so far died in Australia after contracting the virus; six in NSW and one in Western Australia.

"But getting to almost 2,700 people is a bit of a journey, and we have people doing that at the present time".

The Ministry's advice to passengers would be for vigilance and to contact their GP or Healthline if they displayed any Covid-19 symptoms.

The Ruby Princess is now off the coast of Wollongong. They said they hoped to resumer operations on April 11.

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