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NSW Health made ‘serious mistakes’ with Ruby Princess, inquiry says – Sydney Morning Herald

NSW Health made a range of serious mistakes in its handling of the Ruby Princess cruise ship, including the delay in sending swabs for COVID-19 testing and in assessing the ship as low risk.



Mr Walker’s report says NSW Health should have ensured ships were aware of the change to the definition of a “suspect case” for COVID-19 made nine days before the ship docked in Sydney.
“This would have resulted in the identification of such cases on the Ruby Princess 101 persons fell within the suspect case definition by March 18, and 120 by the time the ship docked,” it says.
“NSW Health should also have ensured that such persons were isolated in cabins. These were serious mistakes by NSW He…

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