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Caribbean Island Turns Away Cruise Ship Over Coronavirus Concerns

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The Eastern Caribbean island nation Saint Lucia denied a cruise ship, carrying around 3,000 people, entry into its port Saturday after there were confirmed upper respiratory cases onboard.

According to The Australian, the AIDAperla was scheduled to dock in Castries Harbor at about 8 a.m. local time Saturday when the Department of Health & Wellness was informed of several passengers showing signs of upper respiratory tract infections.

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As a result, health officials denied the AIDA Cruises vessel entry but said there were no confirmed cases of the deadly coronavirus from the victims. The viral outbreak in China has left more than 200 people dead and millions quarantined.

“This decision was taken out of an abundance of caution for human health and safety,” Saint Lucia’s Department of Health & Wellness said in a statement. “It is noteworthy that the health authorities at no time suspected that there were any cases of the novel coronavirus on board the vessel and therefore would like to categorically dismiss any false claims that maybe in circulated.”

Saint Lucia’s Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar-George said the island has activated its coronavirus response plan by increasing surveillance at high health risk areas, such as cruise ports and airports.

United States President Donald Trump also announced new restrictions Sunday barring entry to foreign nationals who recently visited China and rerouting all incoming flights and American passengers onboard through one of eight approved airports.

In addition, travelers who visited China within the last 14 days will have to visit an approved health screening facility. Officials said three more airports designated for screening would be added Monday.

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Cruise Ship Denied by Two Caribbean Ports Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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An MSC Cruises ship was turned away from at least two ports in the Caribbean on Tuesday after a crew member fell ill amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

According to The New York Times, MSC Meraviglia was denied from docking in both Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Georgetown, Cayman Islands after port authorities learned that a crew member from the Philippines was ill. However, the Associated Press reported that the employee was believed to be sick with the common seasonal flu.

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“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,” Dwayne Seymour, health minister of the Cayman Islands, said in a statement.

The cruise line expressed frustration over the repeated denial, claiming that the ill crew member and all passengers on the ship had passed a health screening prior to embarking.

“The crew member had traveled to Miami from Manila, via direct connection in Istanbul,” MSC Cruises said in a statement to the Times. “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, which is carrying more than 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members, is in the midst of a 15-day roundtrip sailing from Miami that had included scheduled stops in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Mexico, Bahamas, Belize and Honduras.

MSC Meraviglia isn’t the first ship to be turned away from port amid fears of the spreading coronavirus and likely won’t be the last. Tuesday’s unexpected hiccup comes just one week after MSC Cruises updated MSC Bellissima’s Grand Voyage itinerary to Asia.

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