Dozens Remain On Coronavirus Cruise Ship Docked In WA, While Hundreds Of Healthy Passengers Begin Flying Home
Dozens of people from the Artania cruise ship are awaiting coronavirus test results, while hundreds of healthy people have begun flying home.
Thirty passengers and 16 crew onboard the Artania in Fremantle are suspected of being infected, and anyone who tests positive will be treated at Bethesda and Hollywood private hospitals.
Seven people who disembarked the ship on Friday will also be quarantined at the hospitals.
Two other people who were previously evacuated from the ship for other medical reasons were later diagnosed with COVID-19 and remain in a critical condition, while a third evacuee is also being tested.
About 800 healthy passengers and some crew are being flown back to Europe.
"Cruise ships continue to be the Achilles heel when it comes to managing this situation," Premier Mark McGowan told reporters on Saturday.
"I'm pleased so say the Commonwealth agrees this matter is their responsibility."
McGowan said the Artania hit a crisis point on Friday night when it was revealed 77 people had virus-type symptoms and another person was evacuated for a separate emergency medical reason.
New Zealanders onboard the Vasco da Gama cruise ship, which is also docked in Fremantle, will be assessed later on Saturday before flying out in the evening.
There are also about 30 British people onboard.
It is understood about 200 passengers from WA will soon go into isolation on Rottnest Island for 14 days, while about 600 other Australians will go to either Rottnest or another hotel to quarantine for two weeks before heading home.
Cruise ship Magnifica, which is anchored off Fremantle but does not have any coronavirus cases, is reprovisioning and will leave later on Saturday.
"The truth is that there's no perfect solutions in this whole set of events," McGowan said.
"The main thing is we don't want passengers from cruise ships wandering the streets."
WA has 278 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including 14 people who are in hospital.
Two people linked to cruise ships have died in WA from the virus.
Meanwhile, a 61-year-old man has been charged after allegedly failing to comply with a direction to self-isolate upon his return to WA from Indonesia last week.
A member of the public contacted police, who found him travelling to the beach.
The state government is expected to reveal further details about the quarantine process later on Sunday.