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"Police have launched a criminal investigation into the Ruby Princess cruise ship and whether its operator downplayed potential coronavirus cases before thousands of passengers disembarked in Sydney last month."
"There seems to be absolute discrepancies between the information provided by Carnival and what I would see as the benchmark for the laws that the Federal Government and the State Government put in place in terms of protecting Australians from cruise ships when coronavirus had started," Commissioner Fuller said.
"The only way I can get to the bottom of whether our national biosecurity laws and our state laws were broken is through a criminal investigation."
The Commissioner said on the day before passengers disembarked, a worker on the cruise made a 17-minute triple-0 call about two passengers who required medical assistance.
He said an ambulance supervisor was concerned about potential infection of passengers on the cruise and escalated the call to NSW Police marine area command.
Commissioner Fuller said police were told by operation managers from Carnival that COVID-19 was not an issue on the ship.
"From that perspective, there are many unanswered questions," he said.
Carnival Australia, the Commissioner said, sent a letter to police indicating it would cooperate with the investigation and hand over any information required.
That includes emails, text messages, radio transmissions and medical correspondence between the doctor and ship's captain.