6000 people trapped on a cruise ship due to Chinese coronavirus
More than 6000 people could not get off the cruise ship in the Italian port city of Civitavecchia, because it was quarantined because of fears that two Chinese passengers might be infected with coronavirus. Writes about this The Guardian.
Preliminary tests have shown that passengers are not carriers of the virus, but it is not clear whether passengers will be allowed to leave Costa Smeralda before the final results are confirmed.
The original plan to disembark 1140 passengers, who were to leave the ship on Thursday morning, January 30, was put on hold following a protest by the Mayor of Civitavecchia, Ernesto Tedesco. “Are you crazy? Who gave you the order to land? I will sue you! " He shouted to the officials.
The National Institute of Infectious Diseases Lazzaro Spallanzani examines samples taken from a Chinese woman with a fever, as well as from her companion. Final results may take up to 48 hours.
Samples were sent for testing after three doctors and a nurse boarded the Costa Crociere Costa Smeralda to care for a woman with high fever.
A 54-year-old woman from Macau was isolated at night in a hospital ward on a ship. Her husband, who had no symptoms, was also examined by doctors from the Roman hospital of Spallanzani and quarantined.
“As soon as suspicion arose, medical personnel on board immediately activated the necessary medical procedures for such cases,” Costa Smeralda said in a statement. “Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of our guests and team.”
According to Italian media reports, the couple flew to Milan from Hong Kong on Saturday, January 25, before embarking on a cruise.
The vessel arrived from Palma, Mallorca and stopped at Civitavecchia, near Rome, as part of a weeklong Mediterranean cruise. "The situation with suspected coronavirus in the port of Civitavecchia is being closely monitored," Tedesco said.
An unknown passenger told: “The pair’s cabin is isolated, it is next to the doctors. We are a little worried of course. No one gets on a ship or leaves it, only doctors. This holiday may end in a nightmare. "
The Italian government is preparing to take out about 60 Italians home from Wuhan, the Chinese city where the virus erupted. The group will then be quarantined at a military facility for two weeks.
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