Update: Ruby Princess Inquiry Hears Damning Evidence
What’s the Problem?
The massive 18-deck Ruby Princess arrived at Circular Quay in Sydney, Australia, on March 19, 2020, releasing a new crop of coronavirus cases into Sydney and the state of New South Wales, already Australia’s hardest hit region.
More than 600 passengers and crew aboard the Ruby Princess have tested positive for COVID-19, and at least 11 people have died, making the cruise ship the single largest source of coronavirus infections in Australia, according to Forbes.
The criminal investigation, which is being led by the New South Wales (NSW) Homicide Squad, will focus on potential breaches of state and national biosecurity laws. By law, vessels are only allowed to dock and disembark passengers if the captain assures local authorities their ship is disease-free.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller says there are “many unanswered questions” about the incident, as well as “discrepancies” regarding information provided by the ship’s owners.
There have also been reports of growing criticism of the Australian government’s handling of the situation. Despite Sydney already being the epicenter of coronavirus infections in Australia, state health authorities there classified the Ruby Princess as “low risk,” and the Australian Border Force allowed passengers to disembark and self-isolate for 14 days.
As of April 6, the Ruby Princess still had at least 1,040 crew from 50 different countries aboard, about one-fifth of whom have showed symptoms of COVID-19. The ship has been docked at Port Kembla, about 62 miles south of Sydney, while crew members in need of medical treatment are brought ashore.
Princess Cruises Sued Over COVID-19 Outbreak
A couple who tested positive for the coronavirus after traveling on the Ruby Princess has filed a negligence lawsuit against Princess Cruises in federal court in Los Angeles, according to FOX 11. Plaintiffs David and Donna Rumrill allege that the cruise liner sailed the Ruby Princess and its other ships out of various ports “despite their knowledge of the significant risk of harm to their passengers and crew members.” The Rumrills are seeking at least $1 million in damages against Princess Cruises.
Do I Have a Ruby Princess Coronavirus Lawsuit?
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If you or a loved one was exposed to coronavirus on a Princess Cruise, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.