Ruby Princess cruise ship deemed 'low-risk' because passengers hadn't been to countries with serious outbreaks

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<p>A NSW Health medical officer deemed the Ruby Princess cruise ship low-risk mainly because no passengers had been to countries with worrying COVID-19 outbreaks.</p>
A NSW Health medical officer deemed the Ruby Princess cruise ship low-risk mainly because no passengers had been to countries with worrying COVID-19 outbreaks, an inquiry has heard.

NSW Health communicable disease senior medical officer Dr Sean Tobin was questioned on Tuesday as part of the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Ruby Princess.

Dr Tobin - who also holds the title of the state's chief human biosecurity officer - was one of several public health experts who gave the ill-fated cruise ship permission via email to disembark at Circular Quay on the afternoon of March 18.

The Ruby Princess cruise ship off the coast of Sydney. (9News)

Counsel assisting Richard Beasley SC noted Dr Tobin had acknowledged the "fair number of passengers and crew presented with respiratory systems" when deciding on the low-risk rating.

But he had only seen the Ruby Princess' pre-arrival risk assessment form and not the acute respiratory disease logs.

The pre-arrival form stated 2.7 per cent…
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