A special inquiry has brought to light two separate incidents, where passengers on board the Ruby Princess cruise, cleared wrongly of coronavirus.
Josephine and Lesley Bacon were passengers on the cruise ship from March 8 until March 19, when the ship docked in Sydney, and Bacon immediately was taken to the hospital. She started feeling ill during the voyage and later tested positive for Covid-19, dying a few days later.
Paul Reid, who was also a passenger on the same cruise, told the New South Wales special inquiry that a doctor on board the ship took his throat and nose swabs and told him five minutes later that he had a common cold and was not carrying the coronavirus infection. Reid then tested positive for COVID-19.
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