Norwegian cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen returns to sea and immediately suffers an outbreak of coronavirus


A Norwegian cruise ship suffered a coronavirus outbreak just over a month after setting sail for the first time since the pandemic swept the world. Passengers had already disembarked Hurtigruten’s MS Roald Amundsen by the time its owners discovered 33 crew members had tested positive while docked in Tromsø, Norway on Friday. The ship made two voyages in July, starting July 17 and July 24. The company has contacted all passengers and asked them to self-quarantine.Cruise ships have emerged as one of the earliest vectors of COVID-19, and nearly all cruise ships around the world have docked as the pandemic continues. “We are now focusing all available efforts to take care of our guests and colleagues,” Rune Thomas Ege, vice president of communications for Hurtigruten, told USA Today. Non-European crew members had to test negative twice before boarding, but the cruise line did not say whether passengers had been tested before boarding.

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