Covid cruise to dock in Australia with 200 cases

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A cruise ship with about 200 Covid cases on board has been forced to ditch a planned stop in Bali and will dock in Western Australia instead this week.

The Queen Elizabeth ship had about 2,081 passengers on board when it departed Sydney last Monday for a 17-day trip to Indonesia.

But the Western Australian government confirmed to the ABC at least 10 to 15 per cent of the passengers on board have tested positive to Covid-19.

Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth cruise ship will dock in Fremantle this week with about 200 positive Covid cases. Picture: Dean MartinCunard’s Queen Elizabeth cruise ship will dock in Fremantle this week with about 200 positive Covid cases. Picture: Dean Martin

The ship had berthed in Darwin on Friday and was on its way to Bali when it was forced to turn around.

The ship is now due to arrive in Fremantle on Wednesday, November 30.

Passengers on board had made stops in Airlie Beach, Cairns and Port Douglas in Queensland over the past 10 days.

WA has recorded 10,520 new COVID-19 cases in the past seven days — a 16 per cent increase on the previous week.

The cruise ship is operated by the Cunard Line, which is owned by Carnival Australia.

It is the second cruise ship within the Carnival Australia brand this month where a Covid outbreak has occurred, after the Majestic Princess docked in Sydney with 800 positive cases on board.

“Unfortunately, due to the ongoing rise in community transmission across Australia and this being reflected on various cruise lines, we’re unable to visit Indonesia at this time,” a Cunard spokesperson said.

It is the second cruise ship from the Carnival brand to have a Covid outbreak this month. Picture: Dean MartinIt is the second cruise ship from the Carnival brand to have a Covid outbreak this month. Picture: Dean Martin

“In light of this, we will sail into Fremantle in the coming days as planned.”

The cruise ship requires 95 percent of guests over the age of 12 to be vaccinated, and only accommodates those who have medical exemptions within the additional 5 per cent.

All passengers and crew need to return a negative COVID test before they are permitted to board and must wear a mask indoors.

All of the passengers who have tested positive are required to isolate for 5 days, with medical support available 24/7.

Infected passengers can only leave isolation after returning a negative Rapid Antigen Test.

“We thank all guests who continue to adhere to our protocols, keeping themselves and others, including our crew and communities we visit, safe,” the spokesperson said.

NCA NewsWire has contacted WA Health for further comment.

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