It's a bureaucratic bungle that's become a public health nightmare.

How were nearly 3,000 passengers allowed to disembark the Ruby Princess cruise ship in Sydney in the middle of a coronavirus pandemic when there was evidence of respiratory illness onboard?

The New South Wales Health Minister has defended the decision, despite leaked emails showing that his department knew some passengers were acutely ill.

The biggest peacetime operation ever seen on Sydney Harbour was undertaken to escort five other stranded cruise ships out of Australian waters.

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