İrem GÖL -TDO- A criminal investigation is to be launched into the disastrous handling of the Ruby Princess cruise ship, which has become the single largest source of Covid-19 cases in Australia. Commissioner Mike Fuller announced the move as it was revealed four more passengers from ill-fated ship have died – bringing the total number up to 11, and accounting for more than 30% of all Australian Covid-19 deaths.
The Ruby Princes has been the focus of intense criticism since its 2,700 passengers were allowed to freely disembark in Sydney on 19 March, despite passengers on boards showing signs of respiratory illnesses, and some being transported to hospital with Covid-19 like symptoms. In the weeks since it docked, the federal government bodies have pinballed the blame, with no agency taking responsibility for the ship handling.
At least 662 people linked to the cruise have been diagnosed with Covid-19, more than 10% of Australia’s total cases. It is also confirmed that around 200 crew members on board are currently showing symptoms of Covid-19, as medical officers continue to conduct testing. For the moment, the Ruby Princess will remain in Australian waters, treating crew members in their medical facilities, and delivering those who require additional medical care to shore.