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Cruise ship MS Westerdam shunned over coronavirus

Cruise ship MS Westerdam shunned over coronavirus

The Westerdam cruise ship arrived at Cambodia's coastal city of Sihanoukville, ending days in limbo due to fears over the novel coronavirus.

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The Westerdam, which has 1,455 passengers and 802 crew on board, arrived at an anchoring point in the Cambodian port town of Sihanoukville early on Thursday morning, according to data published by the Marine Traffic website.

None of the fluid samples taken from 20 people and transported by helicopter to the capital Phnom Penh for tests came back positive for coronavirus, Cambodia’s health ministry said.

Although no-one on board has fallen ill on board, the ship had been turned away by Japan, Taiwan, Guam, the Philippines and Thailand over fears that someone on the cruise could have the new flu-like virus that has killed more than 1,300 people, almost all of them in China.

The ship is operated by a unit of Miami-based Carnival Corp. 

Maritime Business World 

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