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Tuberculosis warning to former passengers
Passengers onboard the 'Ruby Princess' have been sent another warning from the New South Wales health department after a crew member was diagnosed with tuberculosis. The alert was sent on May 30 to all the passengers who were on board the cruise ship between March 8 to March 19. The crew member was diagnosed weeks after passengers disembarked from the cruise on March 19. The affected male crew member is currently being treated in Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. The letter, from the health department’s acting director of communicable diseases, Dr Christine Selvey, told passengers “there is no reason to believe you are at increased risk of contracting tuberculosis from being on the cruise ship”. The letter also assured the passengers that “they need not to be screened at this time”.
214 Filipino crew members waiting for coronavirus testing
The 'Ruby Princess' which is being investigated in Australia for sparking coronavirus infections anchored in Manila Bay on May 7 to bring Filipino crew members home. She joined at least 16 other cruise ships at anchor waiting for their more than 5,000 Filipino crew members to be tested for the coronavirus before disembarking. 214 Filipino crew members on the 'Ruby Princess' will be tested but may have to wait behind those from other ships. The 'Ruby Princess' has been linked to 19 deaths in Australia and two in the United States. The Australian investigation was trying to determine why 2,700 passengers and crew were allowed to disembark in Sydney on March 19 before the test results of sick passengers were known.
Cruise ship left Port Kembla
On April 23 the 'Ruby Princess' left Port Kembla. The ship has been linked to 19 deaths in Australia and two in the United States. A government inquiry is underway into why 2,700 passengers and crew were allowed to disembark in Sydney on March 19 before the test results of sick passengers were known. Many passengers flew from Sydney overseas. Two died at home in the United States, including 64-year-old Los Angeles resident Chung Chen, whose family is suing Princess Cruises for more than $1 million for failing to alert passengers to the risk. Princess Cruises is a subsidiary of Carnival Corp., which is incorporated in Bermuda and headquartered in California. The 'Ruby Princess# delayed its departure from Port Kembla, south of Sydney, because of sick crew members, several of whom have died in Sydney hospitals. It left the cargo port with a skeleton crew late in the afternoon assisted by two tugs. A large banner strung across its stern said: "Thank You Illawarra," referring to the coastal region around the port. The ship was headed for the Philippines. In the morning, 300 Filipino crew left the ship and were taken to Sydney to catch a charter flight to Manila. They traveled from Port Kembla in 40 buses because of social distancing rules. Health authorities said everyone who remains on board has been cleared of the virus. Dozens of infected crew were left behind in Sydney, either in hospitals or under enforced quarantine in hotels. The ship's doctor, Ilse Von Watzdorf, told the first day of a state government inquiry on April 22 that she was surprised health authorities had allowed passengers to leave in Sydney before the test results were known. He gave evidence to the inquiry by video link from the ship, where she has been in quarantine. The ship had returned to Sydney after an 11-day cruise to New Zealand, which was regarded as a low-risk destination.News schreiben