Western Australian authorities are working to contain a COVID outbreak on one of the first cruise ships allowed back.
WA Health confirmed it was managing an undisclosed number of positive cases onboard Coral Discoverer, docked at Broome (Kimberley, Western Australia).
Infected passengers and close contacts are isolated and all guests and crew are being tested for Coronavirus.
Small ships carrying no more than 350 tourists and crew have been permitted to enter WA waters since April 17.
Coral Discoverer, which left Darwin (NT Australia) this month, has a passenger capacity of 72.
WA Health spokesperson said Maritime vessels were "permitted to allow positive cases to disembark and move to suitable accommodation to complete their isolation/quarantine requirements."
“All precautions will be taken to ensure the Broome community is protected.”
On Monday, April 25, WA Health reported a total of 5,639 COVID cases. There are 240 patients in the hospital, including 9 in intensive care.
For more Coral Discoverer incidents and accidents see the ship's CruiseMinus page.