Ruby Princess would be dealt with differently if it could be done again: NSW Health

5/05/2020 10:49:00 AM

When commissioner Bret Walker SC suggested there had been a 'reprehensible shortcoming' by NSW Health in allowing people to disembark.

A senior NSW Health official has broken down giving evidence at the Ruby Princess inquiry, saying if the department could have their time again they would handled the situation differently

When commissioner Bret Walker SC suggested there had been a 'reprehensible shortcoming' by NSW Health in allowing people to disembark.

Under the state government's draft guidelines developed by NSW Health on February 19, if the number of flu-like cases presented was equal to or greater than 1 per cent, it would indicate an outbreak had occurred and the ship would be deemed a higher risk. If two more people had presented, the ship would have met the one per cent threshold, the inquiry heard.

"[But] by 19 March when the ship docked, the 1 per cent level had been reached, although that data was not before the health assessment panel when their determination was made," Mr Beasley said.In opening remarks, he said the outbreak of COVID-19 on cruise ships “surprised no one” given the transmissibility of the disease.

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one job, arrogance and a dereliction of duty by NSW health has cost lives. Good on them for being frank and open. It would'nt've been easy to say that and it sure beats the double-down approach we see so often. 19 March when ship docked, corona virus dominated the news with its spread around the world! A ship reporting a nr of passengers with flu like symptoms at a time like this should have set off alarm bells! This was not a failure of imagination. This was a failure of common sense!

...as in handled fallout for NSW Health with the AusBorderForce decision to instruct them to berth and release? Don’t take it out on the health workers. NSW supposedly has responsible government. Brad Hazzard was the minister responsible for docking this plague ship in Sydney. As the minister responsible, why didn’t he provide his department with the resources needed to avoid this outcome?

easy to say to see the absolute devastation n costing us billions OK I've read about the diamond princess and the ruby princess any news on the emmerald or garnet princesses? Were they all on route to see the wonderful wizard of Oz?

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Play video Under the state government's draft guidelines developed by NSW Health on February 19, if the number of flu-like cases presented was equal to or greater than 1 per cent, it would indicate an outbreak had occurred and the ship would be deemed a higher risk.The Ruby Princess cruise ship was assessed as "low risk" for coronavirus infections based on an outdated log of ill passengers on board, an inquiry has heard.Play video More staff and residents have tested positive for the virus over the past week, taking the total number to 26 staff members and 37 residents, fuelling anxiety and concern among relatives of the residents.NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro bows out of Eden-Monaro race 03/05/2020 | 4min As NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro is reportedly expected to declare he will not be running for the vacant seat of Eden-Monaro, Liberal Senator Jim Molan has told Sky News he’d “love to do it,” but has not yet made up his mind.

If two more people had presented, the ship would have met the one per cent threshold, the inquiry heard. "[But] by 19 March when the ship docked, the 1 per cent level had been reached, although that data was not before the health assessment panel when their determination was made," Mr Beasley said. It has so far been linked to more than 660 cases and 21 deaths. In opening remarks, he said the outbreak of COVID-19 on cruise ships “surprised no one” given the transmissibility of the disease. Liz Lane wants her 84-year-old mother Rose Davies, who she said has "aggressive dementia", relocated from the Lawson wing of Newmarch House where many of the infected residents are located. "These ships are very large and they have the capacity to carry thousands of passengers and crew," he said. Coronavirus update: Follow all the latest news in our daily wrap Counsel Assisting the Inquiry, Richard Beasley SC, said a NSW Health team assessed the vessel as "low risk" by at least 4. "On these cruises, in close proximity to each other, people eat together, drink together, danced together and watch entertainment together. Labor will on Monday announce Kristy McBain, the Mayor of Bega, as its candidate for the seat.

Outbreaks of gastroenteritis and influenza are not uncommon. The ship's log used to make that assessment recorded 36 of the 3,795 people on board had presented to the medical centre with relevant symptoms — 0. "To me it’s simple." On March 19, Ms Ressler messaged the ship's doctor Ilse Von Watzdorf to confirm several passengers had tested positive for COVID-19. Dr Von Watzdorf said she was thinking what could have been done better and Ms Ressler responded that there would probably be a significant increase in cases. As the 1 per cent threshold had not been reached, passengers were allowed to disembark at Circular Quay the next day without any teams from NSW Health boarding to ship to make assessments. "Coronavirus on a cruise ship is a big problem. Anglicare declined to comment. It is very transmissible," Ms Ressler told the inquiry..

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