COVID outbreak on Coral Princess among crew and passengers as cruise ship docks in Brisbane

Queensland authorities are handling an outbreak of COVID-19 on a cruise ship as the state nears 41,000 active cases.

The outbreak among the crew and some passengers of the Coral Princess in Brisbane on Sunday has led Princess Cruises to offer refunds to those booked on its next 12-day cruise.

Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said COVID-19 protocols were in place on the ship before the outbreak.

She said some passengers are self-isolating at home or other accommodations, while authorities are helping the company manage infected staff on board.

“It was always going to be like the rest of the community,” Ms D’Ath said.

A comment has been requested from Princess Cruises.

The health minister said COVID-19 protocols were in place on the ship before the outbreak.(Reuters: Marco Bello)

Queensland recorded another 4,804 cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the number of active cases to 40,489.

No one has died from the virus but there are 782 people in hospital and 10 in intensive care.

Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said there were no plans to mandate face masks and said it was up to individuals to wear one or not.

“It’s people’s personal responsibility,” she said.

“So if you’re in a crowded area, it’s your choice to put on that mask.”

She urged people over 65 to wear masks and make sure they got a booster, because those “who end up in hospital and tragically people lose their lives, are people of over 65 years old.

As children returned to class after the school holidays on Monday, the health minister called on parents to keep their children at home if they were sick.