COVID Stricken Princess Cruise Ship Docks in Sydney, Australia

A cruise ship carrying more than 100 COVID-positive crew and passengers docked in Sydney on Wednesday before returning to Brisbane.

The Coral Princess, with 2,300 passengers on board, stayed at Circular Quay for a day before it headed to its home port in Brisbane, where 24 passengers disembarked.

Passengers would have to return a negative result from a rapid antigen test before disembarking, while crew members would remain on board.

Queensland’s chief health officer John Gerrard said that 114 crew members were isolated on Tuesday amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Four passengers who tested positive have also undergone isolation.

According to the New South Whales Health, the passengers who tested positive likely contracted the virus before boarding instead of getting infected at sea.

The cruise ship docked in Eden on Tuesday, disembarking 800 passengers who tested negative for COVID-19.

The Coral Princess is a Coral-class cruise ship owned and operated by Princess Cruises lines, a cruise line owned by Carnival Corporation.

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