Cruise ships becoming a problem in the state harbour of Fremantle:
The Vasco da Gama was meant to terminate its cruise in Fremantle and its 950 passengers previously had permission to disembark.
Instead, McGowan said, the 800 Australians onboard, including 250 people from WA, will be made to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine period on Rottnest Island in an effort to prevent a potential coronavirus outbreak from spreading to the general population.
Non-Australians on board – about 150 passengers and 550 crew members – will be made to remain on the ship until they can be flown home. About 109 passengers are from New Zealand and 33 from the United Kingdom.
Another cruise ship, the Artana, was due to refuel in Fremantle on Tuesday night. One person, who has since left the ship, tested positive to Covid-19 and 25 other people have reported respiratory symptoms.
The Artana, with 1,300 people on board, has also been asked to remain at anchor off the coast, McGowan said.