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Al Jazeera 13 Aug 2020

Australia's Cruise Ship Nightmare


How did one cruise ship become the single largest source of COVID-19 infections in Australia?

As the pandemic gathered speed and the world went into lockdown in March, the Ruby Princess continued sailing.

Management were well aware of the risks but as the virus silently spread, passengers were reassured there was nothing to fear and the party continued.

When the ship docked weeks later in Sydney, at least 850 people had been infected. They walked straight out into the community.

101 East investigates how the Ruby Princess became an incubator for infection, leaving its passengers and staff dangerously exposed.

Sam Anello, the grandfather of an 18-month-old girl who fell from the open window of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship last year, pleaded guilty to negligent homicide.
Salvatore "Sam" Anello pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the tragic death of his 18-month-old granddaughter, who, in July 2019, fell from a cruise ship window Anello believed was closed.
Many workers, some of whom are immigrants, have been staying in hotels since March when the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States
The global medical emergency has presented an opportunity to check on the health of the planet. Initially there had been hope that the slowdown in the world economy would be good for the planet. Air traffic almost stopped completely, cruise ships were stranded in port, and industrial pollution was reduced. But the pandemic has had negative consequences for the environment too. Waste piling up, disposable protective equipment, plastic packaging. The world was already drowning under a sea of plastic waste, but the pandemic has made the situation worse. As the human toll of the Coronavirus mounts, and the world economy struggles to adjust to "the new normal", the wider impact on the environment is only now starting to become apparent.

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