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8.03am BST

The Ruby Princess is heading to the Philippines, according to the ship’s operator, Carnival Australia. A spokesman said:

Around 370 crew members have disembarked today for a charter flight to the Philippines organised by Princess Cruises.

Around 500 crew, all well, remain on board about half of whom are needed for safe operation of the ship. Ruby Princess will head to the Philippines and we will have more information to share then on crew repatriation.

7.54am BST

The Ruby Princess is finally on the move with tug boats seen pulling the cruise ship away from the dockside at Port Kembla.

The ship’s arrival in Sydney – first on 8 March and then again on 18 March – is linked to more than 600 cases of coronavirus and 21 of its former passengers have died.

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