Passengers leaving the Ruby Princess say they have been stunned by their fast disembarkation from the cruise ship in Sydney, having been warned of hold-ups for well being testing.
Sharon Schofield was “surprised and shocked” by her fast exit from the vessel on March 19 after being advised days earlier there can be a delay as NSW Well being carried out checks for COVID-19.
“That’s why we were surprised when we got in that it was very quick because we were expecting to be temperature-tested or something from NSW Health before we got off the boat,” Ms Schofield on Tuesday advised an inquiry into the ship’s arrival.
She mentioned there have been no well being checks on March 19 and famous that leaving the ship was fast in contrast with the prolonged delays boarding the ship on March 8, as earlier passengers have been examined as they disembarked.
A NSW Well being evaluation workforce boarded the ship on March Eight to gather COVID-19 swabs and carry out temperature checks on passengers and crew members who had been a part of the earlier Ruby Princess cruise.
This course of was not repeated when the ship docked on March 19 as a result of the NSW Well being evaluation panel deemed the ship low threat, permitting 2700 passengers to pour off the vessel.
Ann Kavanagh mentioned she didn’t recall any point out of the virus on board and agreed the disembarkation was fast.
“There was no queuing, no passport control, nothing, we just got in a taxi, got to the airport … very quick,” Ms Kavanagh mentioned.
She examined constructive to the virus after arriving house in WA and spent eight days in an induced coma.
Ms Kavanagh additionally mentioned she feared she might have contracted the virus after a crew member sneezed whereas serving espresso.
“I certainly would have never got on that ship had I known we were going to get so sick,” she mentioned, preventing again tears.
Greater than 20 coronavirus deaths throughout Australia have been linked to passengers who disembarked the Ruby Princess when it arrived in Round Quay on March 19.