A cruise line must pay compensation of more than 2,600 euros to an Australian woman after she contracted coronavirus on board a ship. According to the judge, the company misled passengers about the safety measures that had been taken.
Susan Karpic took a cruise with her husband in March 2020. They had coronavirus together. Now Carnival Corp’s Australian branch has to pay for it.
The company defended itself by pointing out that it did not know before that trip that the possibility of infection on ships was greater than on land. However, according to the judge, the return trip was never supposed to take place by cruise.
An outbreak of the disease on the cruise ship led to a major fire in Australia. At least 900 infections and 28 deaths can be linked. A public inquiry in 2020 concluded that New South Wales state authorities had made significant errors. For example, passengers were given permission to disembark.
Lawyers still have about a thousand similar claims against the cruise company, including Karpicke’s husband. There could be several claims if the Australian judge decides that foreign passengers may also join the case.
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