Public Health Services is scrambling to contact any Tasmanians who were on the Sun Princess cruise ship which docked in Sydney last week, after it was confirmed that an interstate passenger had since tested positive for COVID-19.
The state's acting Public Health director Scott McKeown revealed on Saturday that the Department of Health's National Incident Room had contacted Public Health Services overnight to inform it of the development.
The ship docked in Sydney on March 19.
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"We will contact all members of this cruise that are Tasmanians," Dr McKeown said. "But it's important that, as of today, any Tasmanians that were on the Sun Princess that docked in Sydney on the 19th of March, we expect you to go into quarantine from today until the 2nd of April."
"That's a 14-day period from when the cruise ship docked.
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"In that time, Public Health Services will contact you daily to see how your quarantine is, to check how you are and whether you need any supports until the 2nd of April.
"It's a very important message to get out today."
On Saturday morning, the state's total coronavirus cases increased to 59, following an additional diagnosis overnight.
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