Sydney cruise passengers to be screened for coronavirus

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Passengers arriving into Sydney on some cruise ships will be assessed by health experts for coronavirus to prevent the spread of the disease. 9News

Passengers arriving into Sydney on some cruise ships will be assessed by health experts for coronavirus to prevent the spread of the disease.

NSW Health on Sunday said a risk assessment will be completed before each ship's arrival into the harbour city and then a decision will be made on whether to disembark passengers from the ship.The Diamond Princess cruise ship sails toward Daikoku Pier where it is being resupplied and newly diagnosed coronavirus cases taken for treatment as it remains in quarantine after a number of the 3,700 people on board were diagnosed with coronavirus, on February 12, 2020 in Yokohama, Japan.

Passengers arriving in Sydney on a cruise ship from New Zealand on Sunday will be assessed as a "safeguard," the health authority said in a statement. "No outbreak of COVID-19 has been identified by doctors on board the vessel that set sail from Auckland and travelled around New Zealand to Australia however, as a safeguard, any unwell passengers will be assessed by health teams here," NSW Health said.The testing process will be similar to the assessments being done for passengers arriving at Sydney airport.

 

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