The Majestic Princess cruise liner docked in Sydney recently with hundreds infected after departing from the same port two weeks earlier, Nine News reports. The ship had just finished a 12-day tour of New Zealand – having dropped anchor in ports around Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, Bay of Islands, and Fiordland National Park. In a joint statement, the Ministry of Health and Te Whatu Ora told 1News that health officials were aware of cases onboard when the ship visited Auckland on Tuesday. “The last port visited in New Zealand was Auckland on 8 November when 180 cases on board were reported before the ship departed for Australia,” it said.
Lalita Panicker is consulting editor, views, Hindustan Times, New Delhi