(Reuters) – Health officials in Australia's most populous state made "unjust" and "unavoidable" mistakes that allowed COVID-19 cruise ship passengers to get off in central Sydney, an inquiry said on Friday.
The Carnival Corp. The owned Ruby Princess was for a time Australia's largest single source of infection, with more than 600 cases and over 20 deaths directly linked to these passengers.
About 2,700 passengers, 120 of whom felt unwell, were allowed to leave the ship on March 19 and helped spread the virus across the country and internationally.
New South Wales Health failed to ensure that the ship was aware of increased screening for the virus or to ensure that sick passengers were isolated in their cabins, a report of the investigation concluded
It also failed to obtain rapid test results for unpleasant passengers before they left.
“The delay in getting test results for the pins taken from Ruby Princess on the morning of 1
"The decision to rate the risk as 'low risk', which in fact 'does nothing', is as inexplicable as it is unfair," it added. in a statement that she would read the report over the weekend before responding.
The 315- page report did not make formal recommendations and did not end with the resignation of the government.
Carnival Corp. said the report confirmed that none of its employees had misled Australian authorities, which was "of great importance to us because it concerns the integrity of our people. "
" In our more than 20 years in Australia, we have always sought to work honestly and professionally with officials in accordance with the regulatory environment, "said Jan Swartz, President of Carnival & # 39 ;s Princess Cruises Unit, in a statement. [19659002RubyPrincesshadcompletedatourofSydneyandNewZealandabouttwothirdsofthepassengerswereAustralian
The report was published as neighboring Victoria State, now home to Australia's largest outbreak and has put its capital under a severe lockdown, registered another 14 deaths on Friday – a man in his 20s, the country's youngest mortality to date.
The state registered 372 new cases, a jump of almost 100 from the previous day, which was the lowest in more than three weeks. But it is still far from the top of 725 new cases seen on August 5.
"We will see a leveling of hospital admissions for community cases in the coming weeks o and the same goes for deaths, "Victoria Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton told a media briefing.
Australia's coronavirus set amounts to 22,739 infections and 375 deaths, most in Victoria. Other states have seen new case numbers in the low single numbers or have not had any. New South Wales reported only nine new cases on Friday.
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