Original Story news.com.au April 11, 2020
A flight carrying Australians who were stuck for weeks on a coronavirus-riddled cruise ship has left South America and is now en route to Melbourne.
A repatriation flight carrying Australians who were stuck for weeks on a coronavirus-riddled cruise ship has left South America and is now en route to Melbourne, and will land tomorrow morning.
Its passengers were previously aboard the Greg Mortimer, which spent a fortnight stuck off the coast of South America after being rocked by a large outbreak.
“Tomorrow we are expecting a flight from Uruguay, which will contain a number of people – over a hundred – from the cruise ship Greg Mortimer that had been cruising around the Antarctic,” Victoria’s Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Annaliese van Diemen said this afternoon.
“We have reports that up to 70 per cent of these patients have tested positive for COVID-19. The government has been working very, very closely with the cruise ship operators to organise this flight to come back to Australia.”
A field team of medical officers will assess all of the plane’s passengers, with paramedics on standby in case they are needed. Anyone with symptoms of the virus will be taken to hospital for testing. The rest will go to hotels for the mandatory 14 days in quarantine.