36 cruise ship crew members tested positive for COVID-19


A Norwegian cruise ship sailed with hundreds of passengers on two trips before docking, disembarking tourists – and learning that 36 of its crew were carriers of the coronavirus.The airline company, Hurtigruten, said it only learned of the contagion outbreak among its workers on Friday – two weeks after the ship’s recent first trip and a week after the second.

Now, “209 guests from the first trip [July 17] and 178 guests from the July 24 departure will self-quarantine under Norwegian health authority regulations, ”Hurtigruten said in a statement on Saturday.

“We are working closely with Norwegian national and local health authorities for follow-up, information, further testing and infection monitoring.”

The company said four of the 158 crew aboard its MS Roald Amundsen “were isolated several days ago due to other symptoms of the disease, showing no symptoms of COVID-19.”

Then, “they were regularly tested”, found carriers of the coronavirus and admitted to a hospital in Tromso, Norway on Friday morning.

The other 32 workers who have since returned positive tests have “shown no signs of illness or symptoms of COVID-19,” the doubler said.

The ship had been put back under sail, for the archipelago of Svalbard in Norway, on Friday afternoon, but this trip was canceled, the company said.

Cruise ships became so synonymous with coronavirus outbreaks at the onset of the pandemic last spring that a major line – Royal Caribbean – dropped “Cruises” by its name last week. The industry said it was grappling with lingering fears of catching contagion on board ships.


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