Cruise Ship Passengers In Sydney Harbour Cleared Of Coronavirus

Cheryl Sanders
February 14, 2020

"The vessel remains in operation, and all guests on board are in good health", a spokesperson said.

Reports suggesting a coronavirus scare were false and inflammatory, the company said.

A local official from Quang Ninh Province said that "not allowing passengers" on the vessel to "visit the shore is one of several temporary solutions to prevent the disease from invading", according to state media.

Another cruise ship, the MS Westerdam, finally docked in Cambodia on Friday after being denied entry by five countries.

It had been scheduled to visit Ha Long Bay, in northern Vietnam, on Saturday, then proceed to the Vietnamese ports of Da Nang, Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City from February 16-20, according to CruiseMapper, a website which tracks cruise ships.

Germany's AIDA Cruises, the owner of the AIDAvita, did not immediately respond to requests for comment, AIDA Cruises is a subsidiary of Miami-based Carnival Corp.

The German operator belongs to the same family as Princess Cruises which is running the ill-fated Diamond Princess cruise.

As of Friday evening, the AIDAvita was 176 km (109 miles) south of the Thai capital Bangkok, according to Marine Traffic.

Meanwhile a rep for NSW Health confirmed that "one person has been tested for respiratory illness onboard with results expected this afternoon".

It comes after Japan this month implemented a quarantine on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, docked outside of Yokohama, after an elderly Hong Kong man was confirmed to have contracted COVID-19.

Juliussen said officials have been "unreasonable" by not allowing the Jade to dock "despite the actions we've taken to accommodate their new protocols".

"Before anyone can disembark the ship, they are going on board, screening those passengers and if all clear, everyone will come off the ship", the spokesperson said.

Officials in Cambodia said no cases of the virus had been found on board despite the fears of Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines and the U.S. territory of Guam.

Test results were expected later on Friday, officials said, without providing detail on whether the passenger was taken to hospital.

Vietnam tightened its quarantine measures yesterday after a series of villages were placed under lockdown when six cases of the virus were confirmed there.

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