Australian Cruise Ship Passengers To Be Quarantined With Quokkas

Nellie Chapman
March 26, 2020

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan said he would ask the national government to call in the navy if the ship refused to move on from Australian waters.

Mr McGowan initially said the Australians on board would be allowed to disembark first, before being transported to the island of Rottnest, although he later said they too would remain on board until the quarantine arrangements were finalised.

It emerged late on Thursday that the Western Australian government had given permission for a separate cruise ship, the Artania, to berth in Fremantle under extremely stringent conditions, as the ship has seven passengers on board who have tested positive for coronavirus.

"This ship and its passengers are a Commonwealth responsibility".

"But I'm so pleased we made that decision a couple of days ago because we now need it", he said.

The state of Western Australia has chose to put 800 Australian cruise passengers onto a popular holiday island for a two-week quarantine, in the latest cruise news.

The male died at Joondalup Health Campus, where he was isolated after testing positive for COVID-19.

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The cruise ship Magnifica sits berthed at the port of Fremantle, just south of Perth, for emergency refuelling on March 24, 2020.

Traces of new coronavirus were found on surfaces in cruise-ship cabins for as many as 17 days after passengers left, researchers said, though it wasn't possible to determine whether they caused any infections. MSC Cruises declined to comment on the destination of the vessel, which it has said has no unwell passengers. However, this leaves hundreds of passengers including 109 Kiwis at sea on the stricken cruise ship. As per global media reports, 800 people will be housed in the existing and vacated island, which includes a hostel, bungalows, cabins and dormitories.

Long queues have continued to spool around welfare offices across the country, while more than a quarter of a million Australians registered for financial help on Wednesday, according to the government services minister.

The ship has been linked to 44 new cases of the illness in South Australia.

Further job losses are expected, with some economists expecting Australian unemployment to double this year to more than 11 per cent.

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.

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