Travel will never be the same thanks to COVID-19
“By the time we were informed, the passengers had left the ship», Said Kathrine Kristoffersen, chief medical officer of the municipality of Tromsoe, during a press conference. “All passengers will, for the moment, be asked to be quarantined.”
The four patients were all foreign citizens, the hospital said, while declining to give details of their medical condition or nationality.
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During the cruise, passengers have often been ordered to move away socially in order to reduce the risk of illness, said passenger Line Miriam Haugan, former junior minister of the Norwegian Ministry of Health.
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“The crew watched us wash our hands and also took our temperatures,” Haugan told Reuters.
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“When I learned of the outbreak, I immediately went for a test and will at least quarantine until I get the result,” she added.
the shipThe operator and owner of Hurtigruten, which suspended most operations in March due to the pandemic, announced on July 7 that it would gradually return all but two of its 16 vessels to service by the end of September, but with reduced capacity.
The Roald Amundsen had made a week-long trip from Tromsoe to the Svalbard archipelago, midway between Europe and the North Pole, and is expected to sail around the British Isles in September, docking at ports in England and Scotland.
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At the start of the pandemic, thousands of passengers were stranded cruise ships in Asian, US and other waters, leading operators to cancel trips and triggering massive layoffs from the industry.
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