Half of Coronavirus Cases on Diamond Princess Had No Symptoms — CDC

Half of Coronavirus Cases on Diamond Princess Had No Symptoms — CDC

Western Australia recorded 24 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday night bringing the state's total to 255.

A man aged in his 70s who had travelled aboard the Ruby Princess died on Thursday at Joondalup Hospital.

Commissioner Dawson said the Magnifica had requested more fuel at the Fremantle Port.

'We as a family are completely devastated by the sudden death of our father, husband and grandfather. This virus will be with us for some time, ' he said. I will not allow that to happen in WA.

Victims are primarily focused around metropolitan Perth, however four are based in regional areas including two in the Pilbara and the the Southwest and one from the Goldfields.

Australians are banned from eating at shopping centre food courts, and the number of people at weddings, funerals and social gatherings will be limited to curb the spread of coronavirus.

To date, 11,836 Western Australians have tested negative for COVID-19 - 1,591 of these are from regional WA.

McGowan said a second cruise ship, the MSC Magnifica, which was refused permission to dock in Perth earlier this week, was headed out of Australian waters.

One of the men was transported directly from the ship to the hospital when it finally docked March 9 in Oakland in the east San Francisco Bay after idling off the coast of California for several days. Seven hundred and twelve people on board ultimately became infected, with seven of them dying, according to the World Health Organization.

On Wednesday, Western Australia's Premier, Mark McGowan, described the handling of the Ruby Princess as "a complete and utter disaster".

Mr McGowan said he thought Garden Island would be a suitable place to put sick passengers from the Artania who needed to go to shore for treatment. Many of us will get sick from it, ' he said.

The ship boarded by zero Australian passengers with other 500 crew and at least 800 passengers on board.

A former passenger tested positive to COVID-19.

Australian Defence Force members will assist authorities and support compliance with the new arrangements.

In Australia, The Ruby Princess outbreak sparked anger over why passengers, more than a dozen showing flu-like symptoms, were cleared to disembark without basic health checks.

"We thank our guests and crew for their patience during this time, as we know this will be incredibly disheartening for them", managing director Dean Brazier said in a statement.

The Vasco da Gama cruise ship is due to arrive at Fremantle Port tomorrow.

In a bid to contain the novel Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, authorities in Australia announced that a maximum of ten people will be allowed to attend funerals and five to attend weddings.

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