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Australia Military-style operation to helicopter doctors to stranded cruise ships

20:31  01 april  2020
20:31  01 april  2020 Source:   skynews.com.au

Thousands of cruise ship passengers told to self-isolate due to coronavirus days after disembarking

  Thousands of cruise ship passengers told to self-isolate due to coronavirus days after disembarking Cruise ship passengers disembark in Sydney and spend four days in the community before receiving NSW government advice to self-isolate due to a positive coronavirus detection. Now federal and state government ministers are blaming each other for how cruise arrivals have been handled.With the rate of coronavirus in Australia growing exponentially each day, there has been heavy scrutiny over the decision to allow passengers from at least four vessels to disembark in Sydney over the past week.

When it comes to the cruise ships lingering off the coast of Australia, the government needs to “strike a balance between providing care” without “compromising” the safety of citizens, according to Queensland Shadow Tourism Minister David Crisafulli.

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The Australian is reporting “a military-style operation is being planned to helicopter doctors onto eight cruise ships stranded off the NSW coast to test more than 8,000 passengers in a bid to end a standoff that police fear could overwhelm Sydney’s intensive care units”.

Mr Crisafulli says Australia is a “compassionate nation” which “will always look for every opportunity to help people in their hour of need”.

However, a “good society” will prioritise the safety and well-being of its own citizens and will ensure “the people who pay the wages of the doctors, nurses and politicians are protected," he said.

“First and foremost you always have to look after your own,” he said. 

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New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian has accused cruise ship owners of lying to health authorities. Premier Berejiklian said she believed Carnival Cruise provided NSW Health with false information regarding the health of its passengers. “I appreciate how upset everybody is, I live this and breathe this every day,” she said. Pictures: Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Australia 1/20 SLIDES © James D. Morgan/Getty Images A beach with a closed sign on Manly Beach in Sydney on March 22, 2020.

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