(BREAKING WIDE) — Happening fast: Ship hit with COVID outbreak after resuming cruising.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that the Diamond princess cruise ship inhabited Coronavirus for more than 16 days at the earlier stage of the pandemic.
Now, one of the first cruise ships in the world to resume sailing since the coronavirus-caused worldwide halt to cruising in March is experiencing a significant outbreak of the illness that already has sent several people to the hospital.
On Friday, Norwegian expedition cruise company Hurtigruten said four sick crew members from the 535-passenger Roald Amundsen were admitted to the University Hospital of North Norway in Tromsø, Norway, earlier in the day after the vessel docked in the city. All four had tested positive for COVID-19
On Saturday, the line said another 32 crew members had tested positive for the illness. The Roald Amundsen on Friday had just finished a seven-night sailing out of Tromsø to the Arctic’s wildlife-filled Svalbard archipelago.
All four of the hospitalized crew members had been sick for several days while on board the vessel, and all four had been placed in isolation. But the line said their symptoms weren’t consistent with COVID-19. They only tested positive for the illness after the ship docked in Tromsø early Friday.
The entire ship has now been placed in isolation, and the 154 remaining crew members on board have all been tested for COVID-19. Hurtigruten on Saturday said 122 of the crew members had tested negative for the illness.
Hurtigruten on Saturday said it had contacted all 178 passengers who left the ship early Friday, and they had been ordered to self-quarantine in line with Norwegian health regulations. The company also has contacted another 209 passengers who were aboard the previous sailing of the Roald Amundsen, and they have been told to self-quarantine, too.
The next voyage of the vessel, which had been scheduled to begin Friday, has been canceled.
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Happening fast: Ship hit with COVID outbreak after resuming cruising