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Coronavirus crisis: Sun Princess passenger turned away from cruise ship over virus fears at Fremantle Port

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A man has been denied access to a cruise ship docked at Fremantle Port after presenting with a high temperature and having recently arrived in WA from abroad.

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The man, understood to be a foreign national, was attempting to board the Carnival Australia-owned Sun Princess as passenger when he was stopped.

A Fremantle Port spokesman said all passengers on both vessels had passed “stringent testing in relation to coronavirus” by both cruise ship and Federal Government medical staff.

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The spokesman said a red flag was raised after the man presented with a high temperature and “flu-like symptoms”.

Photos obtained by 7News showed passengers being checked for COVID 19 before boarding the Sun Princess in Fremantle.
passengers being checked for COVID 19 before boarding the Sun Princess in Fremantle.
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St John Ambulance took the man to Fiona Stanley Hospital for further assessments.

A WA Health Department spokesman said he couldn’t reveal further details about the case due to patient confidentiality.

Both the Sun Princess and another ship, the Arcadia, arrived in Fremantle this morning.

The Sun Princess arrived from Port Louis in Mauritius and will travel on to Busselton, while Arcadia will head to Albany.

The Sun Princess cruise ship docked at Fremantle, passengers were checked for the COVID virus.
The Sun Princess cruise ship docked at Fremantle, passengers were checked for the COVID virus.
The Sun Princess cruise ship docked at Fremantle, passengers were checked for the COVID virus.
The Sun Princess cruise ship docked at Fremantle, passengers were checked for the COVID virus.

A second ambulance had been called to the scene, however, it’s understood it was for a crew member for an unrelated health issue.

Carnival Australia has been contacted for comment.

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