Police launch probe into how Ruby Princess was able to dock in Sydney

Police launch criminal investigation into how Ruby Princess cruise was able to dock in Sydney Harbour and unload hundreds of passengers infected with coronavirus

A criminal investigation will be launched into how the cruise line operator Carnival Australia was allowed to disembark the Ruby Princess and spread the coronavirus.

A total of 622 passengers on board the cruise liner, which docked in Sydney Harbour on March 19, have tested positive for COVID-19 – including 342 NSW residents.

‘The only way I can get to the bottom of whether our national biosecurity laws and our state laws were broken is through a criminal investigation,’ NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said on Sunday.

He said there was clear evidence COVID-19 has come off the Ruby Princess and at least 10 passengers have died in Australia because of it.

The Ruby Princess sits off the coast of Sydney on Sunday. A criminal investigation will be launched into how the cruise liner was allowed to disembark in Sydney Harbour and spread the coronavirus

The Ruby Princess sits off the coast of Sydney on Sunday. A criminal investigation will be launched into how the cruise liner was allowed to disembark in Sydney Harbour and spread the coronavirus

‘From my perspective, there are many unanswered questions, and I certainly can’t answer those for you today,’ Mr Fuller said.

‘There were thousands of witnesses out there who were passengers on the ship, who will have crucial information in relation to their health coming off of the ship.’ 

The investigation will cover the actions of the port authority, ambulance, police, the NSW Health deportment and Carnival Australia.

Detective Chief Inspector Jason Dickinson will lead the investigation and the coroner will be notified.

 

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