Defer Cruise Travel; Inside the Princess Outbreak — CDC

Friday, 27 Mar, 2020

All site visitors have actually been purchased off the island to prepare it as a quarantine website.

The Premier for WA Mark McGowan admitted that the idea of quarantine with quokkas might have first sounded "ridiculous", however he was "pleased we made that decision a couple of days ago, because we now need it".

Almost half of the Diamond Princess cruise ship passengers and crew who tested positive for the novel CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus were asymptomatic at the time they were tested, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"I'm not going to take any chances on this issue", Mr McGowan told reporters on Wednesday.

Both the Magnifica and Artania must remain at anchor off the coast, and nobody will be allowed to disembark unless they have a life-threatening emergency.

This was despite Prime Minister Scott Morrison previously announcing cruise ships would be banned from entering Australian ports.

But global passengers and also staff would certainly need to remain on board up until they can be flown out straight, claimed Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan. About 109 passengers are from New Zealand and 33 from the United Kingdom.

However, the CDC says the findings did not show whether transmission of the virus was still possible via those contaminated surfaces, writing that "further study of fomite transmission of SARS-CoV-2 aboard cruise ships is warranted".

Of the 2,700 that entered Sydney, 130 were later tested positive for COVID-19.

The ship's owner Cruise & Maritime Voyages told The Australian newspaper it had recorded no health concerns among its passengers or crew.

"We're all very happy to be on the ship because it's 14 days now since we left the ship, in Wellington, we've passed the quarantine time now", Feuerstein said.

The cruise ship Artania is now anchored off the western city of Perth.

Meanwhile, the Magnifica departed Fremantle on Tuesday after all passengers and crew were kept onboard during refuelling but was told overnight it could not dock in Dubai, so headed back. That ship is now anchored off the WA coast, attempting to find a port.

Mr Outram said it was not the ABF's responsibility to assess the health of passengers who disembark a cruise ship.

The passengers will be placed into numerous accommodation spots, and whether they'll be able to roam freely among the island hasn't been decided yet.

He said the seven cases were all European, largely German, and urged the federal government to consider arranging mercy flights with their home country.

"We are exercising the Rottnest option now for two reasons", McGowan said.