The Majestic Princess cruise ship docked in Sydney with about 4,600 passengers and crew, It sailed from New Zealand. About 800 poeople on board (around one in five) have Covid 19. Marguerite Fitzgerald, the president of cruise operator Carnival Australia, said a large number of cases started to be detected about halfway through the 12-day voyage. All cases were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic. Passengers who had tested positive would exit separately and not take public transport. They should isolate for five days. State authorities said that there was a “Tier 3” covid risk level aboard the Majestic Princess, indicating a “high level of transmission.”
In early 2020, Carnival Cruise Lines’s Ruby Princess allowed thousands of passengers to disembark in Sydney, placing the cruise ship at the center of one of Australia’s largest covid outbreaks. At least 28 people died and 700 cases were linked to the ship. The country has since lifted coronavirus restrictions on international travel. Proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test are no longer required for entry. Australia achieved one of the world’s highest immunization rates. The Majestic Princess will soon depart for Melbourne. Covid cases rise across Australia.