Majestic Princess Returns to Sydney: Over 800 People Infected With COVID-19

Princess Cruises Majestic Princess returned to Sydney this morning after a 12 day cruise which left port on 31st October. There are now reports of over eight hundred (800) active COVID-19 cases on this ship. This is the largest single outbreak since Ruby Princess cruise Ship arrived in Sydney in March 2020 with 900 infected passengers.

A Princess Cruises spokesman claims that the infected cruise guests are “mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic and are isolating in their cabins” and all “unaffected guests are wearing masks and will remain so when they disembark in Sydney on November 12”. .

But at least one media outlet, 9 News in Sydney, reports that “medical evacuations” of sick passengers will be required once the Princess cruise ship docks in Sydney.

There is some confusion as to exactly how many cruise passengers and crew have contracted the virus. There is no legal requirement for cruise ship owners or operators to publicly disclose the number of COVID-19 cases on their cruise ships. Although Princess Cruises has indeed confirmed that there is a COVID-19 outbreak on the Majestic Princess, none of the news outlets in Australia said the cruise line had disclosed the number of infected passengers or crew. Some reports mention that about twenty-five percent of guests have tested positive for the virus; 25% of the 3,300 passengers would be around 825 infected guests. None of the Australian news media commented on how many crew members of the ship’s 1,300 employees are infected.

New South Wales (NSW) has a three tier reporting system There, cruise ships calling at NSW ports are reported and ranked according to the percentage of cruise passengers and crew who have tested positive for COVID-19. NSW Health lists “% of passengers and crew on board who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 7 days:” Tier 1 is “0.0% to <3%". Level 2 is 3% to <10%. Level 3 is "≥10%". According to NSW Health, Tier 3 is likely to result in an "operational compromise" of a cruise ship due to:

  • Major impact on staff and/or resource shortages.
  • Critical services cannot be maintained and/or critical services are about to be discontinued. (Example: reduction of critical staff or resources that cannot be compensated (e.g. impact on medical staff, technical staff or lack of food or PPE).

That Majestic Princess is currently classified as Tier 3 (risk level 3 of 3).

The Princess Cruse ship has just completed her latest cruise calling at six ports in New Zealand.

There are dozens of people tweet their concerns that the Majestic Princess has spread COVID-19 in all these ports of call. Others asked rhetorically Twitter: “Where exactly in an overburdened healthcare system do they have room for this?” NSW Health recently concluded that COVID-19 itself has been linked to an increase in out-of-hospital cardiac arrests and sudden deaths among young people.

This is not the first recent COVID-19 outbreak on the Majestic Princess which was quarantined after arriving in Tahiti last month with at least 116 cases of COVID-19, according to a local newspaper.

In the last ten days we have reported that at least 290 people have been on the streets coral princess and over 400 people infected with COVID-19 Quantum of the Seas when these cruise ships docked in Australia.

The more than 800 people became infected with COVID-19 on the Majestic Princess is the largest single outbreak since Ruby Princess cruise The ship arrived in Sydney in March 2020 with 900 infected passengers, 28 of whom died, prompting a class action lawsuit against Princess Cruises.

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