Exclusive: At least 440 passengers from the liner have fallen ill since being allowed to disembark without checks in SydneyMore than 400 coronavirus cases – 10% of Australia’s total – are from Ruby Princess cruise shipThere are more than 400 confirmed cases of coronavirus across Australia from the Ruby Princess cruise ship, according to state health departments. In a move the NSW health minister later admitted was a mistake, 2,700 passengers were allowed to disembark without checks from NSW Health on 19 March, with many boarding flights interstate. There are now more cases of Covid-19 from the Ruby Princess outside NSW than within the state. This means Ruby Princess passengers account for a tenth of all national cases of coronavirus (4,512 as of Tuesday afternoon), and a quarter of all cases in South Australia – the single biggest cluster of cases in that state. On 27 March, NSW Health said it would stop “providing any more national or interstate figures, just our NSW figures”, despite the rise in interstate cases.
Source: The Guardian March 31, 2020 05:08 UTC