A cruise ship due to dock in Western Australia has been banned from disembarking after more than 250 people on board reported a ‘respiratory illness’.
Premier Mark McGowan says more than 1,700 people are on board the MSC Magnifica cruise ship.
‘I’m advised all passengers are from overseas – Germany, France, Italy. This morning I contacted the Prime Minister and have spoken to the Home Affairs Minister, Peter Dutton, to explain my priority is to protect West Australians.
The MSC Magnifica cruise ship has been banned from disembarking in WA after more than 250 people on board reported a ‘respiratory illness’
‘I will not allow what happened in Sydney to happen here. We will not allow passengers or crew to wander the streets. This is a non-negotiable position. Options are currently being developed by the Commonwealth, the Defence Forces and the State Government.
‘We are working cooperatively with the Commonwealth and in particular Minister Dutton to resolve this matter and I’d like to thank the Commonwealth for their support.
‘Options are currently being developed between the Commonwealth, the defence forces and the State Government. We will provide assistance to those with urgent needs.
‘My first priority has to be protecting West Australians. This is an emerging and an evolving issue. We will work with the Commonwealth throughout the day to come up with a plan that properly protects our state.’
Last Thursday, the NSW government allowed the Ruby Princess to dock in Sydney as it was considered a low risk.
It was later discovered there were 48 passengers on board with the virus.
The state also saw five extra case when the Ovation of the Seas ship docked a day earlier.
Premier Mark McGowan says more than 1,700 people are on board the MSC Magnifica cruise ship
NSW had 136 new cases confirmed on Monday, taking its total to 669. Cases in Victoria jumped by 59 to 355, while Queensland saw 60 new cases, taking its total to 319.
The national figure is expected to rise even further once the other states and territories issue an update.
The surge in figures comes as the federal government introduced strict new rules shutting down pubs, restaurants and cafes after Australians failed to take social distancing orders seriously.
The forced closure has already seen tens of thousands of people suddenly out of work.
Unemployed Australian were lined outside Centrelink offices on Monday hoping to to lodge claims for unemployment benefits and emergency assistance.
On Monday, the prime minister vowed to continue to support the most vulnerable as he warned that many more would likely lose their jobs as a result of the pandemic.
Australia saw a significant spike in the number of coronavirus cases on Monday morning with the amount of people infected jumping from 1,355 to 1,630
‘The tests, hardships and sacrifices that will be placed on all of us, on our national character, will undoubtedly break our hearts on many occasions in the months ahead,’ he said as he addressed parliament.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 1,630
New South Wales: 669
Western Australia: 140
South Australia: 100
Australian Capital Territory: 20
Northern Territory: 5
TOTAL CASES: 1,630
‘But we must resolve today, as Australians, to come together and to pledge to each other across our nation that this coronavirus will not break our Australian spirit.
‘So, together, and with the rest of the world, we face this unprecedented challenge. A once in a hundred year event.
‘A global health pandemic that has fast become an economic crisis, the likes of which we have not seen since the Great Depression.’
In a bid to slow the spread of the deadly illness, pubs and licensed premises will be closed from midday Monday for about six months.
The restrictions also cover places of worship, casinos, restaurants and cafes without takeaway services, nightclubs and registered clubs.
As news broke of the looming closures, panicked shoppers headed in droves to liquor stores to stock up on alcohol, however, bottle shops will remain open.
The stricter rules come after tens of thousands of people flocked beaches across the country on Friday and Saturday, ignoring the ban on mass gatherings and social distancing orders.