Patient zero for coronavirus on board the Ruby Princess may have been a crew member serving meals to hundreds of passengers on the cruise ship.
In Australia, at least 18 deaths and more than 700 cases of COVID-19 have been linked to the cruise ship, including two people who died in NSW overnight.
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“But again, that is not proven as fact yet, but that would seem to be the most obvious point of transmission is someone who is handling food on behalf of multiple hundreds of people.”
Mr Fuller also said CrimeStoppers had received 220 leads relating to the Ruby Princess investigation and admitted it could take “two months” to follow up on them.
Earlier today, it was confirmed the two latest victims of coronavirus in New South Wales were passengers on board the Ruby Princess cruise ship.
Overnight a 74-year-old woman died at the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, while a 79-year-old man passed away at the Northern Beaches Hospital.
In Australia, 18 deaths and more than 600 cases have been linked to the Ruby Princess.
NSW Health Acting Director Dr Christine Selvey said today 66 crew members have tested positive to coronavirus, but defied calls to test everyone on board.
She said it is “not a good strategy”, and “won’t change the way that anyone is being managed on the ship”.
Earlier, the NSW Opposition Leader called for all crew members to be tested, saying they are scared and want to go home.
“They feel alone, they feel afraid, they feel that they are being treated like criminals. Some of them have been confined in a cabin for more than three weeks and still haven’t been tested,” Jodi McKay said.
“Their families are anxious they want to get them home.
“Why is every person on the Ruby Princess not being tested for COVID-19?”
Ms McKay also called for an inquiry into the handling of the cruise ship.
“We need an inquiry that has teeth, that is transparent that is independent, that can get to the bottom of what happened on the Ruby Princess,” she said.
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