A cruise ship carrying a reported 800 passengers contaminated with Covid-19 is on target to dock in Sydney on Saturday morning.
The Majestic Princess, which has a complete of greater than 4,000 passengers and crew on board, is scheduled to dock in Sydney Harbour at round 6am on Saturday after a 12-day cruise to New Zealand.
The operator, Princess Cruises, stated that the contaminated passengers have been all “mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic”.
“Reflective of the rise in neighborhood transmission, we too have seen extra visitors check constructive for Covid-19 on the present voyage of Majestic Princess,” the corporate stated in a press release.
“These visitors are mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic and are isolating of their staterooms.
“All unimpacted visitors are carrying masks and it will proceed once they disembark in Sydney. We have now been proactively getting ready for and managing incidences of Covid-19 and proceed to work intently with NSW Well being together with adhering to their tips.”
It’s the largest single outbreak because the Ruby Princess cruise liner arrived in Sydney in April 2020 with lots of of contaminated passengers on board. Of these, 28 died from Covid-19, prompting a state authorities investigation and a category motion case towards the operator.
It comes as Covid infections are exploding throughout Australia in a fourth wave of the virus pushed by Omicron variants.