Australia Extends Its Ban on Cruise Ship Visits until Sept. 17

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A popular dining area with several restaurants along the shoreline has no activity as stage 1 of the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions begin in Sydney, Friday, May 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia has extended its ban on cruise ship visits for three months until Sept. 17 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Australian Border Force on Friday announced the extension of the ban, which has been in place since March 27 when there were 28 cruise ships in Australian waters.

Any cruise ship capable of carrying more than 100 passengers is prohibited from operating cruises in the country.

Outbreaks linked to cruise ships and aged care homes have proven the most deadly in Australia.

The country recorded its first coronavirus death on March 1 when 78-year-old James Kwan died in a Perth hospital. He had been a passenger on the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan.

Australia has reported 7,081 cases of COVID-19, and 100 patients have died.