Australian cruise hit with Kovid outbreak: ‘Virus is everywhere’

Australian cruise hit with Kovid outbreak: ‘Virus is everywhere’

A Princess cruise ship docked in Brisbane, Australia, has been hit by the Kovid outbreak as Queensland has seen close to 41,000 active cases of the virus.

Now in its third wave, the Covid-19 Coral Princess has infected about 100 crew and passengers aboard the ship, urging the cruise line to return guests on the next 12-day cruise, Australian news outlet ABC reports.

The Coral Princess cruise ship was scheduled to sail to New South Wales and had more than 2,300 passengers and crew members, ABC reported.

A company spokesman told News Outlet that the cruise line was doing its best to keep guests and crew safe during the epidemic.

“We have complied with the comprehensive protocol that was agreed with the federal and state authorities and we are sure that they are working effectively,” the spokesperson said.

In a statement to reporters, according to the Guardian, Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said Monday that some passengers were isolated at their homes in other locations because authorities assisted the cruise line with crew members who tested positive for the virus on board. .

“It simply came to our notice then [the] Community, ”D’Ath continued. “The virus is everywhere and there is no way to escape from it, but I want to acknowledge that public health units, including cruise lines, are doing all the right things and following protocols.”

The state reported 4,804 new cases on Monday, with Queensland recently increasing its cases of cavities. According to the Queensland government, the state’s full vaccination rate is 92.7%.

The data also found that 782 people are currently hospitalized, 10 residents are in the ICU. The total number of COVID-19 cases in Queensland since the epidemic began is now more than 1.3 million.

Despite the growing case of the virus, the state has not made the mask mandatory. Queensland Premier Anastasia Pallasjuk recently said, according to a Guardian report, “This is a personal responsibility. So if you live in a crowded area, you like to wear that mask. ”

At the height of the epidemic, cruise ships were seen as “superspreders” for COVID-19, forcing the industry to temporarily suspend operations for several months to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Grand Princess Cruise, the same company that operated the coronavirus-infected ship near Japan last month, where more than 700 people on board tested positive. Grand Princess Cruise, the same company that operated the coronavirus-infected ship near Japan last month, where more than 700 people on board tested positive. Photo: Interpress / Stringer

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