Published on Friday, April 10, 2020

Passengers being repatriated from virus-stricken Australian cruise ship

More than 100 Aussies and New Zealanders are being repatriated from a  stranded cruise ship stricken wirth coronavirus in Uruguay.

Uruguay's foreign ministry said a charter flight has been arranged to take the 96 Australian and 16 Kiwis home via Melbourne

Discussions are still ongoing for US, UK and European passengers still aboard the Greg Mortimer cruise ship.

There are 128 people who tested positive for covid-19 on the Aurora Expeditions ship which was originally due to sail to Antarctica.

That is more than half of all guests on the ship.

The expedition was halted in March after several South American countries began closing their borders.

The ship was forced to sail nearly 3,000km from South Georgia to Montevideo, Uruguay.

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