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Reporter Uki Goñi in Buenos Aires has some more detail on the stricken Greg Mortimer cruise ship.

Over 100 Australian and New Zealand passengers from the Antarctic cruise ship Greg Mortimer have started disembarking at the port of Montevideo in Uruguay to board a medically-equipped Airbus to Melbourne early on Saturday morning.

It is not known if the Greg Mortimer, with its remaining European and American passengers and its crew of 85, will be allowed to remain docked at the port, or if the ship will be asked to sail out again 20 kilometres offshore from the coast of Montevideo where it has been anchored for the past two weeks.

Uki Goñi
(@ukigoni)

Over 100 Australian and New Zealand passengers, the majority positive Covid-19, disembarked from the Greg Mortimer cruise ship in Montevideo tonight to fly to Melbourne. Video shared with me by US passenger Brian Meier who remains on board with other US, UK and EU nationals. pic.twitter.com/X2pTtrnwe4


April 11, 2020

The ship has been at sea since March 15 when it set off from Argentina’s southern port of Ushuaia on an ill-fated Antarctic cruise, spending the last three weeks with all passengers quarantined in their cabins. At least 128 passengers and crew, out of a total 217 on board, have tested positive for the virus.

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