Nearly 60 per cent of 217 people - many from Australia - on board a cruise ship off the coast of Uruguay have tested positive for the coronavirus, the ship's operator says.
Nearly 60 per cent of 217 people - many from Australia - on board a cruise ship off the coast of Uruguay have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Montevideo:Nearly 60 per cent of 217 people - many from Australia - on board a cruise ship off the coast of Uruguay have tested positive for the coronavirus, the ship's operator says."There are currently no fevers on board and all are asymptomatic," said Aurora Expeditions, the Australian operator of the Greg Mortimer ship that is working to disembark the crew and passengers and arrange flights to their home countries.
Many of the passengers on the Greg Mortimer cruise ship, pictured, are Australians.The Greg Mortimerdeparted March 15 on a voyage to Antarctica and South Georgiathat was titled In Shackleton's Footsteps, a reference to the polar explorer who led British expeditions to the region and died there in 1922.
Of 217 people tested on the vessel, 128 were positive for the virus that causes the COVID-2019 disease and 89 tested negative, Aurora Expeditions said.AdvertisementAnother six people who were evacuated from the ship are in stable condition and being treated in Montevideo.
The people on the ship are calm but they are eager to go home, said Marcelo Girard, a doctor at a Uruguayan medical facility where two people from the Greg Mortimer are being treated.Australian passengers, and possibly those from New Zealand, are likely to fly home on Thursday or Friday on an Airbus 340 that has been refitted - with people who have the virus and those who do not travelling in separate cabin areas, according to Aurora Expeditions.
LoadingThe cost per passenger is about $15,025 and the cruise ship operator has asked the Australian government for help with expenses.The plan would require the passengers to undergo a 14-day quarantine on arrival at a facility in Melbourne, the company said.
US and European passengers who tested negative will hopefully be able to depart later in the week, following a second test and permission from the Uruguayan government, Aurora Expeditions said.Those who tested positive must wait until they test negative before flying home.
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They have two hundred TEST KITS on a Uruguayan cruise ship?!😼 Wonder which planet are these people from who boarded the cruise ship after all that was in the news? Why aren't cruise ships all halted? Hmmmm Well, Uruguay will probably do what we did: tell the ships to get out of their waters. They can't afford to overrun their medical facilities either. (see how that works?)
You've gotta think that the cruise ship industry will have trouble recovering after this. They are essentially plague ships. Own your decisions. Those muppets decided to go on a friggin cruise ship after the Diamond Princess demonstrated cruises are petri dishes. Pay your own way back. Are you kidding MARCH 15 they boarded, my mind boggles the stupidity of these obviously wealthy ppl and the irresponsibility of the cruise company
separating the +s AND Symptomatic from the +s AND Asymptomatic. Bill: 50% cruise line 50% country of origin Every cruise ship should disembark passengers and let them free if Asymptomatic and neg tests x2 with a 24hr interval. The positive ones should go to a Health facility, eg prepared warehouse or Stadium until recovery..,
How the hell is there still cruises floating around?!? This all isn't old news now Norwegian dawn, docked in Tampa Florida Why would any person with a brain get onboard a CRUISE SHIP now...or even 2-3 weeks ago? Idiots. What on earth is wrong with these cruise ships? How did Corona find its way from Wuhan wet market onto a cruise liner in the south pacific?
It's UNAustralian to leave these people and those in India etc the ANZAC S would never have done that 😢 it just takes good organisation. Quien los mandaron. Smh. I know for a fact this ship hasn’t been out at sea for over 3 weeks Rich people problems The cruise ships are Covered in 5G. All of them. Hospitals too.
Why and how are people still cruising!!!! ? God bless these people. Amen. idiots lolol How on Earth were these twits allowed to go on a cruise? Absolute madness. Never to be allowed back I hope. Cruise ships are floating petri dishes. Why are people still taking cruises? Cruise ship Industry is done 👎⛴️☣️ Covid19 will come and go and come and go and never know a new one could outbreak.
'The virus can't get us if we're in the middle of the ocean!' How? Anyone who knowingly gets the virus thru negligence should pay through the nose . Going on a cruise is, as we all know the best way to get the virus. Better that being front line in a hospital. No free flights home to a hotel quarantine for two weeks. Make them pay the bills.
If you can afford a cruise to the Antarctic, you can afford a $15K ticket home. Time for these passengers to ‘cough’ up and not the Australian Government. Why are cruise ships even operating lmaooo like did they NOT learn Why did they go? Crazy Why on earth they still go, when the whole world has a Pandemic?
I just do not understand why people are still going on cruises. Do they believe themselves to be invincible? Or?!!! Like we clearly know that a cruise ship is the very worst place to be during this pandemic, and yet people got on board anyway 🥴 Stupid people 💔🙏 Why are people still going on cruises after what happen to the one that was of the coast of japan?
MarilynGavrano5 Why is the taxpayer by way of Government being asked to bail out well-heeled travellers who decided to take a cruise days after the WHO declared a pandemic? COVID19au covid19 covid19australia GeneralFunk Why in the fuck are people still going on cruises? Why in Gods name would they get on a cruise?
Why are there still cruises. Is this a sick joke? Nice way to spread disease to other countries just for a vacay. Asshats. 😱🙏🏻 Are people this dumb or they lived under a rock to not know about COVID19🤨 Why are cruise ships still being allowed to leave ports? Just why? Why in the hell are ppl still taking cruises?!
Do people not watch zombie movies anymore This is rediculus, the uk where still telling people to go on holiday only a few weeks ago then basically left them there, but surely these people could see what was happening with about 5 other cruise ships should have got off while you could Corona Solution!! South Korea and China helped patients recover with high dosage of Vitamin C and D!
bsadams25 Departed March 15, ffs. Play stupid games win stupid prizes. Why are cruise ships still going? Cruise ships have hundreds of beds they can be used as floating hospitals for Covid-19. Lol another plague ship Darwinism at its finest. People taking a cruise many weeks into a pandemic. They need an IQ test for being stupid enough to take a cruise.
fascinatorfun Well, cruise ships are very efficient infection vectors. More evidence for distancing. Another boat load of entitled boomers. nickheathcote 🤦♂️ I suppose they’re whinging that the government isn’t rushing to rescue them. Well they should have stayed home. Need to have a seperate Island for these people where no residence live. Let them self isolate somewhere where its impossible for anyone to mingle with these people.
Hospitals and morgues overwhelmed in Ecuador with bodies being left in homes and on the street as no ambulances available to collect the dead. Well it seemed like a good idea at the time. Sailing on a cruise in the middle of a pandemic.... Fact or fake news? ... Equador hospitals and morgues overwhelmed, bodies being left in the street as no ambulances available to collect the dead.
WTF were they doing on a cruise ship post February 2020, total morons Well they can’t come here. Sorry.
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