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Australia Passengers test positive for COVID-19 on Artania cruise ship off WA coast

01:16  26 march  2020
01:16  26 march  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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a large ship in a body of water: The Artania cruise ship anchored off the WA coast has confirmed cases of COVID-19 on board. (ABC News: Rob Koenig-Luck) © Provided by ABC NEWS The Artania cruise ship anchored off the WA coast has confirmed cases of COVID-19 on board. (ABC News: Rob Koenig-Luck)

Seven passengers on the Artania cruise ship, which is currently moored off the coast of Fremantle in Western Australia, have tested positive for COVID-19.

The vessel has no Australian passengers on board and WA authorities have said only people with a life threatening medical situation would be allowed to come into the state.

WA Health officials were on board the ship yesterday testing and assessing people.

More to come.

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© Provided by Le Point After the announcement of four deaths on board, the liner Zaandam, currently off the coast of Panama, will organize an unprecedented transfer operation of a part of its passengers aboard another ship sent to the rescue by the company Holland America. "Holland America Line confirms that four elderly passengers have died on board the Zaandam," the company said in a statement posted on its website on Friday, without specifying the causes of death.

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