A huge cruise ship has had dozens of positive cases on-board, and is set to disembark in Sydney tomorrow.
A Covid-19 outbreak on-board a cruise ship set to disembark in Sydney tomorrow has sparked concern.
Princess Cruises has confirmed the outbreak, with 9 News reporting there are approximately 800 people on-board who have tested positive for Covid-19.
The Majestic Princess cruise ship has been hit by an outbreak of Covid-19.
“Reflective of the increase in community transmission, we too have seen more guests test positive for Covid-19 on the current voyage of Majestic Princess,” a Princess Cruises spokesperson said in a statement.
“These guests are mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic and are isolating in their staterooms. All unimpacted guests are wearing masks and this will continue when they disembark in Sydney on 12 November.”
NSW Health is liasing with the crusise operator in the wake of the outbreak to “monitor the health of its passengers and crew members”.
“NSW Health’s assessment is that the COVID-19 risk level for the Majestic Princess is now Tier 3, which indicates a high level of transmission,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
Private transport has been arranged for guests who have tested positive to travel to isolation.
“Carnival has advised NSW Health that passengers disembarking from the ship have undertaken a rapid antigen test in the 24 hours leading up to disembarkation,” a NSW Health spokesperson said.
“Carnival has advised NSW Health that they are assisting passengers with COVID-19 to make safe onward travel arrangements.”
There are currently 4600 people onboard the Majestic Princess – 3300 guests and 1300 crew.
The outbreak comes as its announced that NSW has entered a fourth wave of Covid-19, with chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant saying that current omicron variants circulating in the community are able to escape immunity.
“The wave is taking off with some trajectory, it will be quite a steep wave and hopefully the decline will be equally as steep,” she told ABC.
“That’s why it’s important the community takes these protective measures now and I can’t stress the urgency — if you’re going to get vaccinated do it immediately.”