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Hurtigruten’s MS Roald Amundsen was one of the first cruise ships in the world to resume operations after the lockdown. The ship was moored in the port of Tromsø in northern Norway when coronavirus infections were detected in some of the crew. The 177 passengers on board have now been contacted and have been asked to self-isolate.

Rune Thomas Ege, Vice President of Global Communications at Hurtigruten, said: “The safety of our guests and crews is Hurtigruten’s top priority.“We work closely with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, FHI, the Municipality of Tromsø, UNN and other resources at both local and national level.

Mr Ege added: ‘There was no reason to suspect COVID-19 when the ship docked in Tromsø based on the symptoms of the four crew members.

“Fortunately, we received a quick response to the tests, so that we and the Municipality of Tromsø were able to implement measures. “

On Friday, the MS Roald Amundsen was to venture to Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean.

The company said the remainder of the cruise had been canceled.

The company will not resume the cruise until September.

A former subordinate minister of the Norwegian Ministry of Health was on board the ship.

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Buffet-style meals were also canceled aboard the ship.

In a press conference, the chief medical officer of the Municipality of Tromsoe, Kathrine Kristoffersen, said: “By the time we were informed the passengers had left the ship.

“All passengers will, for the moment, be invited to quarantine. ”

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of passengers were stranded on cruise ships around the world.

Extensive media coverage watched the Diamond Princess cruise ship which was docked in Japan.

On this ship, at least 712 of the 3,711 passengers and crew were infected with coronavirus and fourteen people on board have died.


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