- The Grand Princess, which can carry nearly 4,000 passengers and crew, is due to arrive in Melbourne on Thursday.
- It is unclear exactly how many cases on onboard the cruise ship.
- Victoria’s health minister said she expected any cases onboard to stay away from the rest of the community.
Victorian Health Minister Mary-Anne Thomas said she expected any cases onboard to stay away from the rest of the community.
Passengers with the virus are required to isolate for five days and their close contacts must have a test each day before leaving their cabin.
“Prior to the decision being made, Hunter New England Local Health District’s (HNELHD’s) Public Health Unit had applied the Eastern Seaboard and Western Australian Cruise Protocols, requesting that all passengers be tested prior to disembarkation, having been advised there were a large number of COVID-19 cases on board,” they said.
NSW to withdraw COVID-19 fines worth millions
A total of 62,138 COVID-19-related fines were issued in NSW during the pandemic, meaning roughly half will no longer be valid.