Coronavirus fears rise as cruise ship docks in Perth
A cruise ship suspected of carrying 250 people with respiratory illnesses has docked in Perth to refuel.
MSC Magnifica claimed everyone on board the ship was well but the Western Australian government said it received “inconsistent advice” from the cruise company and feared hundreds of the ship’s 700 passengers were unwell.
“Over the past 24 hours, the vessel has provided inconsistent advice to both the state and federal governments about the health of its passengers and its intentions around disembarkation,” the state government said.
The ship will be allowed to refuel but no passengers will be allowed to disembark.