Cruise Ship with 6,000 Tourists Locked Down in Italy Over Coronavirus Fears
A cruise ship with around 6,000 tourists is being held in Italy over fears that a passenger could be infected with the coronavirus. A “Sanitary protocol” has been activated amid concerns over the health of a passenger on the ship operated by Italian firm Costa Cruises.
The ship reached the Italian port of Civitavecchia on Thursday morning, where it had sailed from Palma in the Spanish island of Mallorca.
The woman suffering with symptoms of the illness is reportedly from Macao. Health officials were screening 6,000 passengers and 1,000 crew members aboard the ship, and all were being prevented from leaving until the type of virus infecting the woman was determined.
The cruise ship, the Costa Smeralda, had a seven-day itinerary with several stops planned in ports across the Mediterranean.
More than 8,000 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide, with 170 deaths reported by Chinese authorities so far. Number have been increasing daily and new cases are being reported in many countries.
The majority of those cases are in mainland China, where over 7,700 cases have been confirmed. Close to 100 cases have been confirmed outside of China, in countries such as United States, Thailand, Singapore, Canada, Japan, Australia and more.