Australian police stated Thursday they’d taken the “black box” of a cruise ship which disembarked heaps of passengers infected with the coronavirus in Sydney, as part of a homicide investigation into the country’s deadliest infection source.
The investigation got underway as the Australian authorities stated the speed of new coronavirus infections hit its lowest number in three weeks and started arranging more flights to bring home citizens stranded overseas.
The Ruby Princess cruise ship, owned by Carnival, has become a flashpoint of public ire in Australia after authorities granted the ship permission to disembark its passengers last month without health checks.
Heaps of the passengers later tested positive for the coronavirus, and 15 have died, out of Australia’s roughly 6,000 confirmed infections and 51 deaths.
Inquiries boarded the ship at an industrial port south of Sydney, interviewed the captain and took electronic logs as proof, New South Wales (NSW) state Police Commissioner Mick Fuller mentioned.
In the past day, Australia reported 96 new coronavirus cases, its first increase of fewer than 100 cases in three weeks, Health Minister Greg Hunt told reporters in Canberra.
Authorities are imploring people to remain home and cancel trips to popular vacation spots over the long Easter holiday weekend and say tight constraints on movement may remain in place for at least six months.