Australian Police Launch Criminal Probe Over Coronavirus Outbreak on Cruise Ship

SYDNEY—Australian police have launched a criminal investigation into whether staff of a cruise ship that docked in Sydney misled authorities about a coronavirus outbreak among passengers and crew aboard.

The crew of the Ruby Princess, operated by Carnival Australia, had told authorities that some passengers were suffering from flulike symptoms when the cruise ship docked in Sydney last month, but that Covid-19—the illness caused by the new coronavirus—wasn’t an issue, police say.

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