Australia Ruby Princess coronavirus inquiry slams 'inexcusable' mistakes made by NSW Health

10:16  14 august  2020
10:16  14 august  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

Victorian coronavirus hotel quarantine inquiry to be delayed due to stage 4 restrictions

  Victorian coronavirus hotel quarantine inquiry to be delayed due to stage 4 restrictions The inquiry into what went wrong in Victoria's hotel quarantine program is delayed due to the state's stage 4 coronavirus restrictions on workplaces. The board of inquiry, headed by former Family Court judge Jennifer Coate, was due to start hearing evidence tomorrow, but this has now been postponed until August 17.It was originally due to report by September 25, but will now report in November.The hearings will be conducted entirely online.

A NSW Health official breaks down in tears while apologising for the government department's failures in dealing with the Ruby Princess coronavirus outbreak, an inquiry hears. The Ruby Princess is Australia's largest source of coronavirus infections. (ABC News: Justin Huntsdale).

New South Wales Health made a “serious mistake ” in using an out-of-date arrival form template for Related: Victoria and Melbourne coronavirus map: where Covid-19 cases are rising or falling. “[That form] was a question prone to mislead and distract the [ NSW Health assessment] panel,” Beasley said.

An inquiry into the Ruby Princess cruise ship has identified "serious", "inexcusable" and "inexplicable" mistakes by NSW Health.

The ship docked in Sydney on March 19 and about 2,700 passengers disembarked despite signs of illness on board.

A special commission of inquiry investigated the decisions of those involved, including Carnival Australia, NSW Health and Federal Government agencies.

Commissioner Bret Walker SC handed his 315-page report to the NSW Government today and found all passengers on board should have been tested for COVID-19.

Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos defends coronavirus response on Twitter

  Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos defends coronavirus response on Twitter Victoria's Health Minister Jenny Mikakos says she has put "every ounce of energy" she has into responding to the pandemic since the state's first case was recorded in January. In an emotional thread posted on Twitter overnight, Ms Mikakos said she always tried to be "upfront and measured" about the challenges facing the state.But she also said preparing for the pandemic had to be done quickly by many, and acknowledged mistakes were made "because humans are flawed yet contagious viruses are unforgiving".

NSW Health made three crucial mistakes in the handling of the Ruby Princess when it docked in Sydney in March. The inquiry into the cruise ship's COVID-19 outbreak heard on Wednesday health officials should have prioritised the rapid testing of the initial swabs when it docked in the early hours

Coronavirus -stricken Ruby Princess cruise leaves Australian waters. A separate Senate inquiry into the Ruby Princess began on Tuesday in Canberra while a NSW Police criminal probe is also underway. Coronavirus Victoria: Stage Four lockdown slammed as Melbourne curfew begins.

He laid bare multiple failings during the "sorry episode", taking particular aim at mistakes by NSW Health.

This included missing a "significant spike" in illness on board the ship in the days before it docked in Sydney, along with the "inexcusable" delay in testing more than a dozen swabs from the ship.

"It is inappropriate and unhelpful to make recommendations to experts that in truth amount to no more than 'do your job'," Mr Walker wrote.

The inquiry said it had been advised of 28 deaths associated with passengers from the ship.

Twenty of the deaths occurred in Australia, with a further eight deaths reported in the United States.

The commission said 663 Australian passengers went on to contract COVID-19, together with 191 crew members.

The inquiry said the total number infected with COVID-19 may never be known due to over a third of the passengers returning overseas.

The Ruby Princess became the Australia's first major COVID-19 cluster.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she would read the report over the weekend and comment early next week.

More to come.

Agriculture officers did not conduct coronavirus health checks as required on Ruby Princess .
Officers from the Department of Agriculture did not follow proper processes when inspecting the Ruby Princess, neglecting to conduct health checks before passengers were let off the coronavirus-struck ship. The special commission of inquiry examining the bungled disembarkation of infected passengers handed down its report on Friday, finding blame primarily lay with NSW Health for several "serious mistakes", including classifying the ship as low risk.But when the ship docked in March, federal authorities from the Department of Agriculture and the Australian Border Force (ABF) were present.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks
usr: 1
This is interesting!