An On board a German cruise ship anchored off Australia, at least seven people have contracted the corona virus. The Bonn tour operator Phoenix said it was five passengers and two crew members of the “MS Artania”. None of the infected people are in a critical health condition. All guests should be flown out of Australia on Saturday with specially chartered planes. “We hope that it will work out that way. Talks with the German embassy and the Australian authorities are still ongoing, ”said a Phoenix spokeswoman on Thursday.
According to the company, the ship offers space for 510 crew members and 1200 – mostly German – passengers. The crew had asked the Australian authorities for help because several people had complained of breathing difficulties. As a result, Western Australian officials from the health authority boarded Fremantle on the west coast and examined them.
All passengers should stay in their cabins
The head of state of Western Australia, Mark McGowan, said on Thursday that the ship should leave Australian waters immediately. “His home port is actually in Germany.” If the seven sufferers had to come ashore for treatment, they would be taken to a facility of the defense forces, for example. The Australian government and Germany could then arrange a return flight after treatment.
According to the Phoenix spokeswoman, all passengers were asked to stay in their outside cabins. There the crew would provide them with food and drinks. “The captain informed everyone on board about the situation right from the start. The guests reacted with understanding and behaved sensibly. “
According to Roger Cook, Minister of Health for Western Australia, an elderly man was taken to a hospital aboard the ship for a life-threatening emergency – but it had nothing to do with the corona virus. As a precaution, he would be treated in a vacuum room at Fiona Stanley Hospital. “The ship remains under the captain’s control. We are only on site for medical assistance when needed, ”said Cook.