After being struck by a wave infection, a cruise ship with hundreds Covid-positive passengers arrived in Sydney, Australia.
Carnival Australia president Marguerite Fitzgerald said that the Majestic Princess cruise ship was halfway through a 12-day journey when an outbreak of cases was discovered.
According to CNN affiliate Nine News. The ship had 4,600 passengers.
Fitzgerald stated that around 800 passengers tested positive for Covid-19 after mass testing 3.300 passengers. A small number of crew members also tested positive.
“All positive cases were mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic, and those guests isolated in their staterooms and then separated from non-impacted guests,” parent company Princess Cruises representative Briana Latter told CNN.
CNN affiliate Nine News reported that separate cruise operators escorted infected passengers from the ship and advised them that they should complete a five day isolation period.
According to a New South Wales Health statement, those who were negative for the test were allowed to leave the ship.
“Carnival has advised NSW Health that they are assisting passengers with Covid-19 to make safe onward travel arrangements,” the statement added.
Latter said the outbreak aboard the Majestic Princess was “reflective of an increase in community transmission in Australia.”
Australia has seen a rise in Covid cases, which has led to greater caution from the government.
The New South Wales Ministry of Health recorded 19,800 new Covid-19 cases and 22 deaths over the past week.
Since then, the Majestic princess cruise ship has left Sydney for her next journey to Melbourne and Tasmania.
In a later statement, Fitzgerald said Carnival Australia have made over 50 international and domestic voyages “with a vast majority of more than 100,000 guests unimpacted by Covid.”
“However, the emergence of Covid in the community has meant we have seen a rise in positive cases on the last three voyages,” she said.
Fitzgerald said the company has been implementing “the most rigorous and strict measures which go well above current guidelines”, including requiring 95% of guests over the age of 12 to be vaccinated and testing staff and passengers for Covid before they board.
“We take our responsibility to keep everyone safe very seriously. This extends to not only caring for our guests, but also for the wider community in which we operate and visit,” Fitzgerald said.
The Majestic Princess isn’t the first Carnival cruise to be hit by a Covid outbreak.
At least three other ships within the company’s Princess fleet – the Ruby Princess, Diamond Princess, and Grand Princess – experienced outbreaks earlier in the pandemic.