Coronavirus Covid-19: Westerdam cruise ship passengers disembark

14 February 2020 (Last Updated February 14th, 2020 12:08)

Passengers on the Holland America Line’s Westerdam cruise ship have disembarked at Cambodia after 20 people on board tested negative for the coronavirus, Covid-19.

Coronavirus Covid-19: Westerdam cruise ship passengers disembark
Westerdam cruise ship has docked at Sihanoukville in Cambodia after being rejected by five other countries. Credit: Roger Wollstadt.

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Passengers on the Holland America Line’s Westerdam cruise ship have disembarked at Cambodia after 20 people on board tested negative for the coronavirus, Covid-19.

The cruise ship received permission to dock at Sihanoukville in Cambodia after being turned away by five countries over the fear of the Covid-19.

To ensure the safety, all 20 guests and crew who visited the ship’s medical centre during the course of the journey due to illness will undergo blood testing for the coronavirus.

The Pasteur Laboratory in Phnom Penh found that the results were negative and the Cambodian Health Ministry announced the results.

All passengers and crew on the ship underwent health screening before they got off the ship.

Holland America Group and Carnival UK group CEO Stein Kruse said: “We extend our deepest gratitude to President Trump, Cambodia’s Honorable Prime Minister Hun Sen, Canadian Foreign Minister Champagne, elected officials across the country and governments around the world for providing support and being effective allies in bringing our guests home.”

The cruise line also received help from the US embassies in many countries and the Netherlands, the line’s flag state, to work with diplomatic channels.

The epidemic has so far killed 1,383 and infected more than 64,000 people. Cambodia has one confirmed case of the virus with no deaths so far.