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Infected Antarctic cruise passengers return to Australia

SYDNEY — More than 100 Australian and New Zealand passengers of the Antarctic cruise ship the Greg Mortimer, most of whom infected by the coronavirus, arrived in Melbourne early Sunday on a flight from Uruguay.The plane with 112 passengers, including 96 Australians, was boarded immediately after arrival by medical staff in hazmat suits. Thirteen of…

Infected Antarctic cruise passengers return to Australia

SYDNEY– More than 100 Australian and New Zealand guests of the Antarctic cruise ship the Greg Mortimer, the majority of whom contaminated by the coronavirus, arrived in Melbourne early Sunday on a flight from Uruguay.

The airplane with 112 passengers, consisting of 96 Australians, was boarded right away after arrival by medical personnel in hazmat matches. Thirteen of 16 Brand-new Zealanders were moved to a charter flight house.

The operator of the Greg Mortimer, Aurora Expeditions, confirmed today that 128 of 217 travelers have actually tested favorable for the coronavirus. Uruguay foreign minister Ernesto Talvi said two Australian travelers remain in intensive care in a Montevideo healthcare facility.

The ship was stranded in Uruguay for more than two weeks after leaving Argentina on March 15 for a 16- day return trip to Antarctica.

” Everybody who requires to go to hospital will go to healthcare facility and the staying travelers will enter into quarantine in hotels,” said Victoria state Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr. Annaliese van Diemen.

The returning New Zealanders will likewise be quarantined in hotels.

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” As a large proportion of passengers on the Greg Mortimer have actually checked positive for COVID-19, all passengers are being dealt with as though they are COVID-positive as a preventive procedure,” a foreign ministry spokesperson stated.

On The Other Hand, South Australia state reported the death in Adelaide Health center on Sunday of a 74- year-old man who contracted the coronavirus aboard the cruise ship Ruby Princess.

More than a lots Ruby Princess guests have actually passed away from the virus and more than 500 individuals have actually been infected.

Australia’s national death toll stands at 57.

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