Cruise ships ordered out of Aussie waters

Health Authorities Find Traces of Covid-19 In Cabins 17 Days After Passengers Leave Diamond Princess

The ship boarded by zero Australian passengers with other 500 crew and at least 800 passengers on board.

ABC has reported that WA Premier Mark McGowan thought the idea of Rottnest as a potential quarantine site sounded nearly "ridiculous", when the preparations began.

A spokesman for the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We are doing all we can to help British people on board the Vasco de Gama cruise ship".

All remaining passengers, including those who are positive to COVID-19, remain in self-isolation on the vessel.

The Magnifica and Artania ships, both of which have no Australian passengers or crew, are now anchored away from Fremantle port. Two-hundred and fifty passengers on board the Magnifica have reported feeling unwell, whilst on the Artania seven people have tested positive for COVID-19. "One, to protect the safety of the Australian passengers; and two, to protect the West Australian community from any possible infection transmission from this cruise ship".

Two cruise ships were ordered to leave Australian waters on Thursday, after a liner that docked in Sydney Harbour last week became the primary source of infection for the country's coronavirus outbreak.

"The New South Wales government admitted yesterday it had made a monumental error in not forcing stricter health safeguards on these passengers", Mr Kenny said.

Ship owner Britain's Cruise & Maritime Voyages said it was carrying no unwell passengers or staff. "We want to make sure that those Australians are able to return".

A second cruise ship, the MSC Magnifica, which refuelled in Perth this week, is now in Western Australian waters after being refused entry in Dubai.

Some state leaders have also flagged that they are willing to push for tougher curbs on social activities if Prime Minister Scott Morrison's government does not move fast enough.

As per an ABC report, the 800 people will be housed in the existing and vacated accommodation, which includes a hostel, bungalows, cabins and dormitories.

Flight Centre on Thursday said a third of its 20,000 strong workforce faced temporary or permanent redundancy, while retail tycoon Solomon Lew's Premier Investments Ltd temporarily closed all stores in Australia.

The ship has been linked to 44 new cases of the illness in South Australia. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information.

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