Ruby Princess cruise ship which docked in Circular Quay have been identified as key vectors in a record rise in Covid-19 infections in New South Wales (NSW), as Australia recorded its largest single-day increase since the outbreak began.
Victoria added 67 to take its total 296, Western Australia recorded 30, to bring its total to 120, and the ACT added 10 cases, more than doubling its total to 19. Across Australia there are now 1,316 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including 213 new cases in 24 hours. Seven people have died. NSW now has 533 confirmed cases, Queensland 259, Tasmania 17 and the Northern Territory five.
More than 2,700 people were allowed to disembark from the Ruby Princess at Sydney’s Circular Quay, despite more than 150 cases of illness being logged onboard. So far, 18 people from that ship have tested positive, including some who caught domestic flights across the country after disembarking.