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  • The Australian Border Force (ABF) commissioner has tipped a bucket on the NSW Government over its handling of the arrival of a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship, Ruby Princess in Sydney last week.

    As the cases of COVID-19 passed 1,000 in NSW today, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said “all of us have to take responsibility” about why the Ruby Princess was allowed to dock.

    Australian Border Force (ABF) commissioner Michael Outram pointed the finger squarely at the NSW Government, saying its health department had given the green light for passengers to disembark, despite several people onboard being tested for coronavirus.

    About 2,700 passengers got off at Circular Quay last week and more than 100 have since tested positive for COVID-19.

    Read more here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-25/coronavirus-infections-in-nsw-rise-past-1000/12086196

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