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COVID 19 LATEST: Booze restrictions; Australian cruise ship passengers transferred to Rottnest

Australian passengers on the cruise ship Vasco de Gama which is docking in Fremantle will be sent to Rottnest Island for quarantine for 14 days.

WA has recorded another 30 new cases of coronavirus – bringing the state’s total to 205.

Of the newly diagnosed cases – eight are from regional areas.

The Health Minister Roger Cook has also confirmed five cases are directly linked to cruise ships – including another one from the Ruby Princess.

Around one quarter of all COVID-19 cases in WA have been passengers from cruise ships.

A cruise ship which was docked at Fremantle to refuel on its journey to Dubai has had entry denied—it now sits off the coast of WA where no one will be allowed to disembark.

The ship Magnifica was told by the UAE it would not be able to dock in Dubai last night after refuelling.

A second ship the Artania is also anchored off the WA coast and is receiving assistance from the Health Department after a Coronavirus case was confirmed onboard.

Premier Mark McGowan says no one from these vessels will be allowed off except in a life threatening emergency.

Meanwhile, the State Government has introduced temporary limits for takeaway alcohol to assist during the COVID-19 pandemic.

They’ll run for a minimum of two weeks before being reviewed.

The limits include 1 carton per customer or 3 bottles of wine or a litre of spirits.

Those buying will be able to purchase a combination but not two of the same product.

The restrictions are now in place.

Nationally, all elective surgery at public and private hospitals has been cancelled — unless it’s urgently required.

The decision has been made to free-up resources and staff to fight the coronavirus outbreak.


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Liam Bartlett