A cruise ship carrying at least 800 passengers infected with COVID-19 has docked in Sydney, Australia, multiple outlets reported.
Princess Cruises, the cruise line, said in a statement that all guests onboard the holiday cruise took a rapid antigen test within less than a day of disembarking and passengers who had tested positive would exit separately and not take public transport, the Washington Post reported Saturday.
“Our onboard medical team will continue to support guests until they disembark,” the cruise line said in a statement.
The cruise line did not say whether guests who had tested positive could isolate onboard until they recovered, the outlet reported, though the company said it would help guests access accommodation for isolation.
Marguerite Fitzgerald, the president of cruise operator Carnival Australia, told the BBC a large number of cases started to be detected about halfway through the 12-day voyage. Princess Cruises is part of the Carnival Corporation.
All cases were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic, Fitzgerald said.
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As of Saturday, the Majestic Princess was scheduled to set sail to Melbourne, Australia.
Australia no longer requires people who have tested positive for the virus to isolate, though local authorities have issued guidance that coronavirus patients onboard ships should isolate for five days after testing positive.
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