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Four people test positive for COVID-19 after cruise

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This week 13 people on board the Ruby Princess were tested for the virus by the doctor.

Four people on board a cruise ship that docked in Sydney Harbour have tested positive for coronavirus after getting off the ship and returning home.

The three passengers and crew member were among 13 tested on the Ruby Princess, which was in the city yesterday.

The passengers disembarked before their results came back, while the crew member stayed on the ship.

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The Ruby Princess docked in Sydney on March 19.

"One of those passengers has been admitted to a Sydney-based hospital in a serious condition.," NSW Chief Medical Officer Dr Kerry Chant said.

One person travelled home to Tasmania and has since tested positive to the virus, taking the ship's number of cases to four.

All passengers and crew who got off the ship in Sydney were asked to self-isolate, and today the NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard reinforced how important it was that people take this advice seriously.

"A big concern, very big concern is that those people came off the cruise with no knowledge of it being on their ship, and if they think it is not necessary to do the 14 days and that it's okay to be wandering around, the clear message is no it's not," Mr Hazzard said.

"Put yourself into immediate quarantine for 14 days in your normal place of residence and start taking very serious note of your health."

There are also concerns others who were on the cruise ship but were not tested may have contracted and be carrying the disease.

One passenger who disembarked in Sydney yesterday told 9News he is feeling unwell and currently undergoing testing.

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Michael, from Sydney's west, said passengers on the Ruby Princess were not told that others on board were being tested for COVID-19.

"What I can say is that we weren't told of any sick people while on board, and that everything was okay," Michael said.

"The people across the hall from us for the last three days of the cruise were ordering in room service and when we did see them before disembarking, they were wearing masks coughing their guts up.

"The first we heard anything was today when I received an email," he said.

The Ruby Princess is floating off the coast of Sydney with staff and crew, including health staff, two doctors, nurses, paramedics, still on board.

"They are instituting cleaning methods on the cruise, and isolating cases, and distancing everyone on the cruise ship in accordance with the CDC guidelines," Dr Chant said.

Source: 9News

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