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Australia links COVID-19 outbreak in remote south to Carnival Corp cruise ship

April 30, 2020 3:54 pm
A coronavirus outbreak in Australia’s remote southern island state of Tasmania likely originated from the Ruby Princess cruise ship. [Source: Reuter]

A coronavirus outbreak in Australia’s remote southern island state of Tasmania likely originated from the Ruby Princess cruise ship.

This is the conclusion of a government report published today, as the national death toll rose to 91.

Australia has confirmed about 6,700 cases of the novel coronavirus.

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Nearly all of Australia’s coronavirus fatalities have come in clusters, including one on Tasmania, the state with the country’s highest death rate per capita from the virus.

The Ruby Princess – owned by a unit of Carnival Corp, the world’s largest cruise operator – is Australia’s largest source of coronavirus infections.

Some 2,700 passengers were allowed to leave the ship when it docked in Sydney on March 19, despite several passengers showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Hundreds of passengers subsequently tested positive for the disease after disembarking and traveling home across the country, spreading the virus.

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