Virus-hit Ruby Princess Cruise Ship will Depart Australian Waters on Thursday

The Ruby Princess Cruise ship which hit the docks of Sydney after reporting some thirteen COVID-19 positive cases onboard, is now set to leave the Australian waters on Thursday. Check out more details here.

by Monika

Updated: Apr 22, 2020 20:10 IST

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COVID-19 patients on the Ruby Princess Cruise ship.

According to the new South Wales police, the Port Kembla harbor shipping movements schedule states the ship is set to leave at 4 PM (local time), Sydney Morning Herald reported.

On Wednesday, the crew who remained aboard said they told the owners plan to sail from Australian waters to the Philippines, with possible stops in Indonesia and India to repatriate more crew. The Ruby Princess was originally set to leave on Sunday, but passengers were deemed too sick to make the trip home. Police removed 115 crew members from the Ruby Princess on Wednesday, with 21 testing positive for the deadly infection.

At least 57 crew members from the six countries disembarked from the ship on Tuesday, one of whom has tested positive for COVID-19. The sick crew member will be taken to an NSW Health-managed hotel for s 14-day quarantine period before flying home. The media further reported that all passengers on the cruise, which disembarked in Sydney on 19th March will receive a full refund of their cruise fare paid. Protection Status