//Cruise ship MSC Meraviglia turned away from two Caribbean ports amid coronavirus considerations

Cruise ship MSC Meraviglia turned away from two Caribbean ports amid coronavirus considerations

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia ship was turned away from two ports within the Caribbean yesterday as a result of one crew member fell in poor health, reportedly with the frequent seasonal flu.

On Tuesday, the MSC Meraviglia was denied permission to dock in Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Georgetown, Cayman Islands after it was reported {that a} crew member from the Philippines was in poor health. Involved that the person may be sick with the coronavirus amid the ongoing global outbreak, authorities at each ports turned the ship away, The New York Times stories.

The ocean liner is claimed to be carrying over 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members.  Based on the Related Press, the cruise ship worker is suspected to be sick with the flu and mentioned that MSC was “frustrated” with the double denial. Now, the Meraviglia will sail onward to Mexico, MSC Cruises mentioned.

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A information launch from Jamaica’s Ministry of Well being and Wellness cited the person’s “cough, fever and related muscle pains” in addition to journey historical past to a coronavirus-linked nation within the resolution.

Dwayne Seymour, well being minister of the Cayman Islands, issued an analogous assertion on behalf of Grand Cayman.

“In an abundance of caution, in order to provide protection to the health and safety of the residents of the Cayman Islands, the government has denied permission for the cruise ship to call on Grand Cayman as previously scheduled,” Seymour mentioned.

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Amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia ship, pictured, was turned away from two ports in the Caribbean on Tuesday.

Amid the continuing COVID-19 outbreak, MSC Cruises’ Meraviglia ship, pictured, was turned away from two ports within the Caribbean on Tuesday.
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In a Tuesday assertion, MSC claimed that the sick crew member and all passengers on the ship had handed a well being screening earlier than embarking on the ship over the weekend.

“The crew member had traveled to Miami from Manila, via direct connection in Istanbul,” the cruise line mentioned, per the Occasions. “He developed symptoms of common flu and tested positive to Type A influenza after he visited the ship’s 24/7 Medical Center while already on board. He has no other symptoms.”

The ship departed Miami on Sunday and was scheduled to finish a 15-day cruise of Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Mexico, Bahamas, Belize and Honduras, returning to Miami on March 8, per an itinerary.

A spokesperson for MSC Cruises was not instantly obtainable to supply additional remark.

As of Wednesday morning, the COVID-19 coronavirus has contaminated greater than 80,000 individuals globally, whereas the dying toll has risen to at the least 2,700.

The information echoes the saga of Holland America’s MS Westerdam cruise ship, which was repeatedly denied entry to Asian ports amid coronavirus considerations.

After 18 days at sea, the last of the passengers aboard the MS Westerdam had been allowed to disembark final Wednesday after testing adverse for coronavirus,

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The ship, which had beforehand been turned away by 4 Asian governments as a result of COVID-19 considerations, has been docked in Cambodia whereas these on board obtained medical screenings for the viral illness.

Fox Information’ Michael Bartiromo and the Related Press contributed to this report.