The outbreak aboard the ship mostly involves infected crew members with 114 in isolation on Tuesday. Four passengers were also isolating after positive results, and 24 earlier disembarked in Brisbane, Queensland’s chief health officer John Gerrard said.
“When you’ve got towns that rely on tourism it’s been an incredibly difficult couple of years,” Ms McBain told Sydney radio 2GB on Tuesday.
The latest cruise ship outbreak comes as concern grows about the growing spread of the B.4 and B.5 Omicron sub-variants that could reinfect people who have already had the virus.
Australia recorded 41,336 new coronavirus cases and 58 related deaths on Tuesday.