The Sunday Review
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After being struck by a wave infection, a cruise ship carrying Covid-positive passengers docked at Sydney, Australia.

Carnival Australia president Marguerite Fitzgerald stated that the Majestic Princess was only halfway through its 12-day cruise when an outbreak was discovered.

According to Nine News affiliate The Sunday Review, the ship was carrying 4,600 passengers and crew at the time.

Fitzgerald stated that around 800 passengers tested positive for Covid-19 after mass testing 3.300 others. A small number of crew members also tested positive.

“All positive cases were mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic, and those guests isolated in their staterooms and then separated from non-impacted guests,” Briana Latter, representative of parent company Princess Cruises, spoke to The Sunday Review.

Individually, cruise operators took infected passengers from the ship and instructed them to stay onboard for five days. Nine News affiliate The Sunday Review reported that this was done by nine cruise operators. reported.

Negative results were allowed to leave the ship, a New South Wales health statement read.

“Carnival has advised NSW Health that they are assisting passengers with Covid-19 to make safe onward travel arrangements,” The statement has been added.

Latter stated that the Majestic Princess’s outbreak was caused by the Majestic Princess. “reflective of an increase in community transmission in Australia.”

Recent Covid cases in Australia have seen an increase, prompting more caution within government.

The New South Wales Ministry of Health recorded 19,800 new Covid-19 cases and 22 deaths over the past week.

The Majestic princess cruise ship has now left Sydney for her next journey to Melbourne and Tasmania.

Fitzgerald stated later that Carnival Australia had made over 50 international and domestic trips. “with a vast majority of more than 100,000 guests unimpacted by Covid.”
“However, the emergence of Covid in the community has meant we have seen a rise in positive cases on the last three voyages,” She spoke.

Fitzgerald stated that the company is currently implementing “the most rigorous and strict measures which go well above current guidelines”This includes requiring that 95% of passengers over 12 years old be vaccinated.

“We take our responsibility to keep everyone safe very seriously. This extends to not only caring for our guests, but also for the wider community in which we operate and visit,” Fitzgerald said.

The Majestic Princess isn’t the first Carnival cruise to be hit by a Covid outbreak.

At least three other ships within the company’s Princess fleet – the Ruby Princess, Diamond Princess, and Grand Princess – experienced outbreaks earlier in the pandemic.