/Costa cruise ship on lockdown over suspected coronavirus

Costa cruise ship on lockdown over suspected coronavirus

Published on Thursday, January 30, 2020

Passengers and crew on board Costa Cruises’ ship Costa Smeralda, currently off the coast of Italy, are in lockdown after a Chinese couple were put in isolation over fears of coronavirus.

The couple arrived at Milan’s Malpensa Airport on Saturday and travelled about 100 miles to the port city of Savona, where they boarded the Smerelda, Italian media reports.

The ship had made previous stops in Mallorca, Barcelona and Marseille en route to Italy. It is now at the port of Civitavecchia, where officials wearing masks have been onboard.

The 7,000-plus passengers and crew have been told to stay put.

It is currently unknown when the ship will continue its journey back to Savona, where it is due to arrive on Saturday.

Costa Cruises issued a statement to say: “Costa Cruises confirms the sanitary protocol has been activated for a guest on-board of Costa Smeralda.

“The guest, a 54-year-old lady of Chinese nationality, is currently put on isolation on the onboard hospital since last night together with his travel mate, in line with health protocols.

“As soon as the suspected case was detected, the Medical Team on board immediately activated all the relevant health procedures to promptly isolate and manage the clinical condition .

“The Health Authority has been immediately notified and is now on board to conduct all the pertinent measures.  

“It is our utmost priority to ensure the health and safety of passengers and crew. The Company is at complete disposal of the Health Authority and their indication will be strictly applied.

“Costa Cruises continue to apply the relevant national policies and epidemic developments, as per World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indications.  

“Costa Smeralda reached Civitavecchia this morning, coming from Palma de Maiorca. The ship is operating seven-day cruises in West Med, including Civitavecchia, La Spezia, Savona, Marseille, Barcelona and Palma de Maiorca.”

Coast Guard Captain Vincenzo Leone said: “The situation is under control and at the moment there are no reasons for concern on board.”

The World Health Organisation is holding an emergency meeting on Thursday over coronavirus.

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