Australian Police Launch Criminal Probe Over Coronavirus Outbreak on Cruise Ship

SYDNEY—Australian police have introduced a prison investigation into whether personnel of a cruise ship that docked in Sydney misled authorities about a coronavirus outbreak amid passengers and crew aboard.

The crew of the Ruby Princess, operated by Carnival Australia, had told authorities that some passengers ended up suffering from flulike indications when the cruise ship docked in Sydney previous month, but that Covid-19—the ailment brought about by the new coronavirus—wasn’t an difficulty, police say.