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To a Wellington "Post" representative on Saturday, the Minister of Pub-, lie Health (the Hon. G. W. Russell) said that as five more cases of influenza had occurred on the Niagara, now in quarantine at Auckland, it had been decided that all the members of the crew Who can be removed from the ship are v to be put ashore on Motuihi Island ; also the whole of the New Zealand passengers and as many of the other passengers as accommodation can be provided for will be put on. shore on the island. The remaining passengers will-be required to go to the island every morning and to return to the ship for the evening meal and sleeping accommodation. Instructions have also been given, that the members of the crew remaining on the ship are to be grouped and given increased accommo-' dation; if necessary, the accommodation for second class and even first class passengers to be commandeered for that purpose. The above .information conveys the decision of the Chief. Health Officer (Dr. Valintine) which was submitted to the Minister and approved by him. The Minister added that the fact that as on this occasion, and on the previous occasion in October, the disease is confined almost exclusively to the quarters occupied by the crew, indicates that this was the "danger post" of the ship. The Health Officers had been instructed that a very careful enquiry is to be made as to the accommodation provided for the crew, and that, if necessary, the assistance of the Marine department is to be sought, in order >£hat a definite decision on scientific 'grounds may be obtained as to whether the accommodation, provided is adequate in view of the fact that epidemics are in the air.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9580, 7 April 1919

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CREW'S QUARTERS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9580, 7 April 1919