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A ship’s crew covered in face mask arrives in Sydney to take volunteer firefighters on a free cruise

Passengers with face masks on board The Spectrum of the Seas cruise ship arrived in Sydney Harbor on Thursday, a few hours after Australia launched an emergency plan to tackle the corona virus outbreak.

The Royal Caribbean ship entered the harbor with about 30 people aboard, many wearing protective masks when they disembarked.

When they entered Australian soil, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told the nation that a coronavirus pandemic was “very bad for us.”

Passengers on board The Spectrum of the Seas cruise ship will arrive in Sydney Harbor on Thursday. Some saw face masks

Passengers on board The Spectrum of the Seas cruise ship will arrive in Sydney Harbor on Thursday. Some saw face masks

Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated that a coronavirus pandemic on Thursday is “very bad for us.” People see pictures of the Sydney Opera House while the ship arrives

The Royal Caribbean ship (photo) went into port on Thursday and brought about 30 crew members to Australian soil

The Royal Caribbean ship (photo) went into port on Thursday and brought about 30 crew members to Australian soil

The Royal Caribbean ship (photo) went into port on Thursday and brought about 30 crew members to Australian soil

A Royal Caribbean spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia that there were no guests on board when it arrived on Thursday.

She said the passengers were crew members sent to Australia to take care of firefighters being taken on a free four-day cruise along the country’s east coast from Saturday to thank them for their efforts to tackle forest fires in the summer.

The spokeswoman said the ship has not been in China for more than two weeks, which exceeds public health guidelines.

A cruise ship employee is wearing a face mask when he steps out of the Royal Caribbean ship in Sydney on Thursday

A cruise ship employee is wearing a face mask when he steps out of the Royal Caribbean ship in Sydney on Thursday

A cruise ship employee is wearing a face mask when he steps out of the Royal Caribbean ship in Sydney on Thursday

Crew members are transported from the cruise ship to the Sydney coast on a yellow merchant ship

Crew members are transported from the cruise ship to the Sydney coast on a yellow merchant ship

Crew members are transported from the cruise ship to the Sydney coast on a yellow merchant ship

Earlier this month, Royal Caribbean announced dates for two free cruises open to volunteers who helped fight the bushfire fight.

The first four-night cruise departs on Saturday, the second on March 7. Both travel north along the coast of Australia before returning to Sydney.

Around 7,000 first responders and their families have booked the free trip.

“We are in a happy position to give back to the brave and dedicated members of our community and their families by giving them the opportunity to come and stay with us for a few days to relax,” said Royal Caribbean director Gavin Smith.

About 30 crew members were brought to Australia on the Spectrum of the Seas prior to a free cruise for volunteer firefighters

About 30 crew members were brought to Australia on the Spectrum of the Seas prior to a free cruise for volunteer firefighters

About 30 crew members were brought to Australia on the Spectrum of the Seas prior to a free cruise for volunteer firefighters

Two female cruise ship workers put on their face masks while corona virus fears are increasing around the world

Two female cruise ship workers put on their face masks while corona virus fears are increasing around the world

Two female cruise ship workers put on their face masks while corona virus fears are increasing around the world

Earlier this month, 200 passengers were on board the Diamond Princess ship for two weeks on the quarantined ship in Japan after a former passenger tested positive for the virus.

The Prime Minister instructed Health Minister Greg Hunt on Thursday to identify “gaps in capacities” within state-based health services in Australia to fight the spread of the deadly, flu-like illness from China.

“We believe the risk of a pandemic is very high,” he told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.

“We must take the necessary steps to prepare for such a pandemic.”

Crew members will be seen arriving in Sydney on Thursday. The World Health Organization still has to describe coronavirus as a pandemic

Crew members will be seen arriving in Sydney on Thursday. The World Health Organization still has to describe coronavirus as a pandemic

Crew members will be seen arriving in Sydney on Thursday. The World Health Organization still has to describe coronavirus as a pandemic

People see the sights of Sydney Harbor on Thursday after The Spectrum of the Seas has arrived

People see the sights of Sydney Harbor on Thursday after The Spectrum of the Seas has arrived

People see the sights of Sydney Harbor on Thursday after The Spectrum of the Seas has arrived

Morrison said that in the last 24 hours, the rate of transmission of the virus outside of China is fundamentally changing the way we look at how this problem is managed here in Australia.

“That’s why we reached an agreement today and started implementing the coronavirus emergency plan,” he said.

“Based on the expert medical advice we’ve received, there is every indication that the world will enter a pandemic phase of the corona virus.”

The Australian government announced the emergency plan the day after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicted it would be a pandemic.

It is coordinated by the National Security Committee.

“As a government, we must take the necessary steps to prepare for such a pandemic,” Morrison said.

The World Health Organization still has to describe coronavirus as a pandemic.

The prime minister also extended the travel ban to China for another week on Thursday.

Australia is preparing a national corona virus plan

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said that the risk of a global coronavirus pandemic with implications for Australia is likely, and that the Australian Government Health Management Plan will be released on Thursday.

The government is currently in the “Initial Action Phase” which consists of:

* Health Minister Greg Hunt takes powers under the Biosecurity Act.

* Improved border control measures and communication with incoming travelers.

* Medical supplies ready for use in states and territories.

* Potential outbreaks investigated.

* National response coordinated with states and territories.

The declaration of a pandemic by the World Health Organization or the evidence of a large-scale, ongoing transmission of the virus in Australia will take the government to a “targeted action phase,” which would mean

* Health Coordinating Response Department of National Incident Room.

* Health services are increasing staff.

* Items from the National Medical Stockpile divided among health services.

* Treatment of possible border or social distance measures.

* Response can be scaled up or reduced based on virus spread.

If the number of infections reaches a level that can be controlled by normal health services, the government goes into the “Standdown phase”, including:

* Replenish medical supplies.

* Resuming elective or non-emergency medical procedures.

* Monitoring for second wave of viruses.

This photo taken on December 31, 2019 shows firefighters struggling against the strong wind in an attempt to protect nearby houses against forest fires near the town of Nowra

This photo taken on December 31, 2019 shows firefighters struggling against the strong wind in an attempt to protect nearby houses against forest fires near the town of Nowra

This photo taken on December 31, 2019 shows firefighters struggling against the strong wind in an attempt to protect nearby houses against forest fires near the town of Nowra

Fire Rescue Queensland crews are pictured on January 5, 2020 in Wingello in NSW

Fire Rescue Queensland crews are pictured on January 5, 2020 in Wingello in NSW

Fire Rescue Queensland crews are pictured on January 5, 2020 in Wingello in NSW

The COVID-19 coronavirus has infected more than 80,000 people worldwide since it originated in December in an animal market in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

That included 23 people in Australia.

Another eight Australians had flown from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan, to a quarantine center near Darwin, where they tested positive.

Coronavirus has killed more than 2,600 people worldwide and can cause serious lung damage and multiple organ failure, especially in the elderly or vulnerable.

In Australia, 16% of the population is over 65, compared to just 9% in China, where around 2,700 people died.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison told the nation on Thursday that a coronavirus pandemic was “very bad for us”

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA

NEW SOUTH WALES: 4

January 25

  • Three men, 43, 53 and 35 years old who had recently traveled to China, have confirmed that they have contracted the disease.
  • Two flew in from Wuhan, while the other arrived in Sydney from Shenzhen, South China.
  • They were treated isolated at Westmead Hospital

January 27

  • A 21-year-old woman is identified as the fourth person who tested positive for the disease in NSW.
  • The woman, a student at the UNSW, flew on flight MU749 to Sydney International Airport on January 23 and presented to the emergency department 24 hours later after developing flu-like symptoms.

VICTORIA: 7

January 25

  • A Chinese citizen aged fifty will be the first confirmed case of the corona virus in Australia.
  • The man flew from Wuhan via Guangzhou to Melbourne on January 19 on the Southern Southern flight CZ321.
  • He was quarantined at the Monash Hospital in Clayton in the east of Melbourne.

January 29

  • A Victorian man in his sixties is diagnosed with the corona virus.
  • He became unwell on January 23 – two days after his return from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.
  • The man was confirmed as positive on January 29 and was subsequently seen by doctors at the Monash Medical Center.

January 30

  • A woman in her forties has a corona virus.
  • She was visiting from China and mainly spent time with her family.
  • She is being treated at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

February 1

  • A woman in her twenties in Melbourne appears to have the virus

February 22

  • Two passengers left positively from the Diamond Princess cruise ship test
  • Third passenger takes off the cruise ship test positive

QUEEN COUNTRY: 8

January 29

  • Queensland confirms its first case after the virus was diagnosed with a 44-year-old Chinese national. He is being treated at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

January 30

  • A 42-year-old Chinese woman who traveled in the same Wuhan travel group as the 44-year-old man tested positive. She is in stable condition at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

February 4

  • The corona virus has been diagnosed in an eight-year-old boy. He also comes from the travel group where the other Queensland cases came from

February 5

  • The case was found in a 37-year-old man who was a member of a group of nine Chinese tourists in quarantine on the Gold Coast

February 6

  • A 37-year-old woman was diagnosed with the corona virus of the same travel group that flew from Melbourne to Queensland on January 27

February 21st

  • Two Queensland women, 54 and 55 years old, tested positive for COVID-19 and are flown to Brisbane for further treatment.
  • A 57-year-old woman from Queensland also tests positive for the virus

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: 3

February 1

  • A Chinese couple in their sixties who arrived from Wuhan in Adelaide to visit relatives confirmed that they have coronavirus.
  • A 24-year-old woman from South Australia has been transferred to Royal Adelaide Hospital

WESTERN AUSTRALIA: 1

February 21st

  • A 78-year-old man from Western Australia was transferred to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth

JAPAN / DARWIN: 22

  • Fifteen Australians were contracted among 219 confirmed coronavirus aboard Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama.
  • Seven passengers aboard the Diamond Princess then tested positive for the corona virus after arriving at the facility at Manigurr-ma Village Howard Springs in Darwin

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