As you already know, another ship, the Vasco De Gama, is due to arrive on Friday, carrying 950 passengers and 550 crew; 800 Australians, including 200 West Australians, are onboard; 109 New Zealanders are onboard.
The remaining are from other countries, including 33 from the United Kingdom.
We are currently determining, with the commonwealth, if some of the international passengers are in fact permanent residents of Australia.
Fremantle is the final port of call for this cruise ship.
It has always been the plan for passengers to disembark in Fremantle.
At last night’s state disaster council meeting, we finalised a plan to deal with this fast-evolving situation. The plan is this: all crew and foreign nationals will remain on the ship until arrangements are made to fly them directly out of the country.
They will not be allowed to disembark at any time, unless it is to travel under strict supervision directly to the airport, or they need urgent medical attention to survive.
Passengers who need to travel home to New Zealand will also remain on the ship and a plan is being worked up with the New Zealand government to get those passengers back home as safely as possible.
All Australians, including the West Australians, will be immediately transferred to Rottnest Island for 14 days of self-isolation.
In the last two days, we have cleared the island of visitors and made arrangements for accommodation, catering and security.
We are exercising the Rottnest option now for two reasons: one, to protect the safety of the Australian passengers; and two, to protect the West Australian community from any possible infection, transmission from this cruise ship. This is an evolving situation and it is rapidly changing.