Ovation of the Seas cruise ship was able to dock after sick passengers after Ruby Princess in Sydney
How ANOTHER cruise ship in Australia could dock with sick passengers on board who were then allowed to leave without being checked for coronavirus – in a kind of likeness to the Ruby Princess
- Ovation of the Seas cruise was allowed to dock in Sydney with sick passengers
- The crew told vacationers not to quarantine after disembarkation
- The ship told authorities that there were 13 sick passengers, three with high temperatures
The Ovation of the Seas cruise was allowed to dock in Australia, despite 13 passengers becoming ill on board during the Corona virus crisis, it has been revealed.
The Royal Caribbean-owned ship advised federal authorities about the unwellness of its passengers – including three with high temperatures – before they docked in Sydney on March 18. Seven news reported.
Just days before passengers were able to disembark from Circular Quay, the crew reportedly announced that the Australian Border Force advised against quarantining them.
At least 98 passengers on the cruise – who were en route to New Zealand – have tested positive for COVID-19 and a 72-year-old man has died.
The revelations are strikingly similar to the Ruby Princess cruise ship, which was allowed to dock in Sydney just after the day after.
The Ovation of the Seas cruise was allowed to dock in Australia despite 13 passengers becoming ill on board during the coronavirus crisis
The Ruby Princess became the largest source of coronavirus infections in Australia, with over 600 infections and 15 deaths related to the ship.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 6,204
New South Wales: 2822
South Australia: 428
Western Australia: 506
Australian Capital Territory: 103
Northern Territory: 28
TOTAL CASES: 6,204
The crew of Ovation of the Seas told passengers on March 16 that they were under no obligation to isolate themselves.
“At a conference with ABF, or the Australian Border Force today, we have confirmation that none of our guests need to isolate themselves or anything like that,” said the crew.
‘We have, as it were, a complete, clean health declaration. Whether you are international or going home in Australia, you walk away and go home. ‘
However, documents from the Department of Agriculture revealed that 13 passengers had disease symptoms prior to docking.
“The symptoms reported by the vessel included three individuals with temperatures above 38 degrees Celsius, eight individuals with muscle pain, diarrhea, severe headache, or vomiting,” the health report said.
Nearly 3,000 vacationers were free to enter Australia and even catch domestic flights when the cruise docked in Sydney on March 18.
But four days after they arrived, passengers began to receive frantic emails and phone calls from health officials, advising them to urgently isolate themselves.
The ship had not entered a foreign country, was planning to sail to New Zealand, but was refused entry due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Department of Agriculture and Royal Caribbean for comment.
The Royal Caribbean-owned ship advised federal authorities about the unwellness of its passengers – including three with high temperatures – before they docked in Sydney on March 18. Pictured: crew members walk past Sydney Opera House after disembarkation
NSW police wearing protective equipment boarded the Ruby Princess ship to obtain evidence and question the crew on Wednesday evening in Port Kembla, south of Sydney.
The ship is expected to remain in port for 10 days and the 1,040 crew members undergo medical examinations.
A team of 30 state crime, counterterrorism and maritime command officers are investigating the communications and actions that led to the docking and disembarkation of the ship at Sydney Harbor on 19 March.
“The only way to find out if our national biosafety laws and our state laws have been violated is through a criminal investigation,” said NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller.
The investigation concerns the actions of the port authority, ambulance, police, NSW Health Department and Carnival Australia.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard is behind his staff who had the cruise ship Ruby Princess disembarked.
There are over 600 cases of coronavirus and 15 deaths related to the Ruby Princess.
At least 98 passengers on the Australia to New Zealand cruise have tested positive for COVID-19 and a 72-year-old man has died
Timeline of Ruby Princess fiasco
18th of March: The Ruby Princess calls an urgent mayday call for an ambulance for two of her passengers who present with coronavirus-like symptoms 24 hours before the ship is allowed to dock in Sydney.
March 19: The Ruby Princess arrives in Sydney Harbor. More than 2,700 guests are allowed to disembark without adequate health checks.
March 25: Australian Border Commissioner Michael Outram says New South Wales Health is responsible for getting coronavirus patients on board.
29 March: Several crew members are evacuated and taken to hospital after coronavirus has been diagnosed.
April 2: A 66-year-old crew member is taken off the Ruby Princess for medical treatment. More than 200 crew members are ill and in isolation.
NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian defends the actions of NSW Health and the Australian Border Force and points the finger at the Ruby Princess. She claims that the personnel on board may have misled NSW Health about the extent of passenger illness.
April 3rd: Home Secretary Peter Dutton claims that Ruby Princess operators were not transparent about crew health: “It was ‘obvious that some companies lied about the health of passengers and crew on board’.
April 4: Leaked emails indicate that NSW Health was aware of the coronavirus risk on board the Ruby Princess before thousands of passengers were able to disembark.
April 5th: A criminal investigation is underway into how passengers could disembark without health checks
April 8: A team of 30 state crime, counterterrorism and maritime command officers are investigating the treatment of the Ruby Princess coronavirus scandal. The first briefing on the investigation is being held.