Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Cruise ship responsible for jump in Australia coronavirus cases

Cruise ship responsible for jump in Australia coronavirus cases

Cruise Planners founder Michelle Fee discusses the impact of coronavirus on the cruise lines. It docked there on Sunday and the repairs require that no passengers be on board during the process.

On Friday afternoon, Dave Yerex was staring longingly at Honolulu, Hawaii, from the cruise ship he's been on for the last three weeks. No passengers or crew members disembarked the ship on Sunday.

"We are so very thankful to our Hawaiian partners and friends, especially Governor David Ige, Attorney General Clare Connors and Hawaii Department of Transportation Director Jade Butay and Deputy Director Derek Chow for their assistance in developing a coordinated disembarkation plan which keeps both guests and Hawaii residents safe and secure", said Harry Sommer, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line.

Almost half of the Diamond Princess cruise ship passengers and crew who tested positive for the novel coronavirus were asymptomatic at the time they were tested, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

NSW officials said over the weekend allowing the passengers to disembark in Sydney was a "mistake".

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"This is rough. we have not at all times been informed correctly of the truth", she said.

Traces of the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus can last longer on some surfaces than previously detected by health authorities, according to a Centres for Disease Control and Prevention report released on Monday.

On Australia's west coast, the Swiss-owned MSC Magnifica cruise ship docked to refuel after officials refused to allow passengers to disembark.

"COVID-19 on cruise ships poses a risk for rapid spread of disease, causing outbreaks in a vulnerable population, and aggressive efforts are required to contain spread", the CDC wrote, reiterating its guidance to vulnerable populations to avoid cruises during the pandemic.

The Norwegian Cruise Line suspended the ship for all voyages from March 13 to April 11. "We have to take this seriously". "As such, we will continue to monitor the situation and evaluate the feasibility of redeploying our ships as planned on April 12, 2020.".

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