Police To Investigate Two Ruby Princess Cruises As Part Of Homicide Investigation

17 Avril, 2020, 09:49 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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NSW Police Minister David Elliot described it as "an investigation like no other, one that the community is going to have a lot of interest in".

Strike Force Bast will consist of 30 investigators, from the counter terrorism and state crime squads, as well as the marine area command will help, led by the homicide squad.

About 90 crew members have reported coronavirus-like symptoms, and 66 have tested positive for the illness.

Juishan states that she and her husband began their cruise on March 8 and claims the company knew there was a novel coronavirus outbreak onboard, however, kept it a secret from passengers and proceeded with normal sailing.

The community is reminded that their information is treated in strict confidence.

The ship has been linked to hundreds of COVID-19 cases and 19 deaths.

March 18: The Ruby Princess issues an urgent mayday call for an ambulance for two of its passengers presenting with coronavirus-like symptoms 24 hours before the ship is allowed to dock in Sydney.

"The investigation will focus on any allegation or information pertaining to criminal negligence from any individual on the ship", he said. Those passengers have since been linked to hundreds of COVID-19 cases and 15 deaths.

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A special commission of inquiry overseen by barrister Bret Walker SC is running in parallel to the police probe, while a coronial inquest remains a possibility.

COVID-19 testing on board the Ruby Princess has been widened even as less people are getting the disease.

"Police officers entered the Ruby Princess to gather evidence. ships have a black box very similar to worldwide planes and that and other evidence has been seized", NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said, as reported by the AFP .

The police inquiry - announced on April 5 - is investigating who is to blame for the ship's docking in Sydney while sick passengers were on board.

The Special Commissions inquiry will have four months to submit its report.

It comes after 76-year-old Californian man Steven Lazarus died from COVID-19 complications after travelling on the Ruby Princess yesterday, becoming the first confirmed worldwide fatality from the virus-plagued ship.

NSW Police assistant commissioner Stuart Smith said the survey had already gone to Ruby Princess crew still on board the ship docked at Port Kembla and would be sent to all passengers - 2647 from the first cruise and 2995 from the second cruise - around the world in coming days. "In order to gain a better understanding of whether crew were developing immunity, we have expanded testing", a spokesman told The Daily Telegraph.

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