Australia extends cruise ship ban to curb spread of coronavirus

Australia has extended a ban on cruise ships entering the country’s waters for three more months, according to a statement from the Australian Border Force.

“The current restriction on cruise ships entering Australian waters has been extended for a further three months until 17 September 2020. Any cruise ship capable of carrying more than 100 passengers is prohibited from operating cruises in Australia,” the statement said.

Some background: The ban was enacted on March 27 after a spike in coronavirus cases in the country was linked to the Ruby Princess cruise ship, which disembarked in Sydney earlier that month.

More than 600 cases and 15 deaths are associated with the ship, according to Australian public broadcaster ABC.



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