Remaining passengers on Greg Mortimer flown to US

16 April 2020 (Last Updated April 16th, 2020 11:49)

Uruguay has repatriated the remaining 15 passengers who were stranded on the coronavirus (Covid19)-infected Greg Mortimer ship.

Remaining passengers on Greg Mortimer flown to US
Greg Mortimer ship was on a voyage to Antartica and South Georgia. Credit: stokpic / Pixabay.

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Uruguay has repatriated the remaining 15 passengers who were stranded on the coronavirus (Covid19)-infected Greg Mortimer ship.

The passengers were flown on a medical evaluation flight to Miami in Florida, US. It was reported that most of the passengers tested positive for Covid-19.

Of the 15 passengers, six were from the US, three were from the UK and two were Swedish, while the remaining were from Canada, France, Germany and Switzerland.

Earlier this week, Australians and New Zealanders from the ship were repatriated to their respective countries.

The move enabled 96 Australians and 16 New Zealanders to return home. However, two Australian passengers were not repatriated as they were under intensive care.

The ship was docked near the coast of Uruguay and reported 128 confirmed cases of Covid-19 on board, including passengers and crew. The ship was carrying 217 people on board.

The ship was near Montevideo since 27 March and was permitted to dock on 10 April. The crew will remain on the ship under quarantine.

In a statement, the cruise operator Aurora Expeditions said: “Whilst our Australian passengers are now in the care of Victorian Health and our New Zealand passengers are in the care of the New Zealand Government, we will continue to support them and their families in the weeks and months to come.

“We have had a counselling service set up during the on-ship quarantine and this will continue for everyone and we have also set up telehealth for those back on the ground in Melbourne in quarantine.

“As with our Australian and New Zealand passengers, we will be providing ongoing support to our European, American and Canadian passengers upon their return home for as long as is needed.”