Coronavirus update – 20 March 2020

20 March 2020

Dr Mark Veitch, Director of Public Health

Public Health Services has been advised of 4 cases of coronavirus infection among passengers and crew who disembarked from the Ruby Princess cruise ship yesterday in Sydney after a cruise to New Zealand.

One of these cases is a Tasmanian woman who remains in Sydney and is being managed by New South Wales Health.

Public Health Services have been advised there were 54 Tasmanians on board this vessel.

New South Wales Health is currently contacting all passengers. Passengers will be will reminded of their requirement, as returned overseas travellers, to remain in self-quarantine for 14 days after they reach their home destination.

Public Health Services will also contact the Tasmanian passengers.

Passengers still in Sydney who have symptoms should not board domestic flights and should follow the advice provided to them by New South Wales Health.

Another passenger who was on board the ship has been admitted to hospital in Tasmania with respiratory symptoms and will be tested for coronavirus infection.

All travellers returning to Tasmania from overseas travel are required to complete a Tasmania Arrivals Card and self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Whilst in self-quarantine they must monitor for symptoms of coronavirus infection and call their GP or the Public Health Hotline if they get symptoms.