WESTERDAM toll of virus prisoners rising, 14 Dutch tourists stuck in Phnom Penh

At least 14 Dutch passengers who disembarked from cruise ship WESTERDAM in Cambodia, can’t leave the country after the news on WESTERDAM American tourist, 83-year old woman, found virus positive in Malaysia, where she and a group of other American tourists arrived on their way home from Cambodia. All 14 tourists are to remain in a hotel until virus tested and health screened, some of them said they felt more secure and safe on board of the ship, than locked in Phnom Penh hotel, however luxury. What’s making situation all the more frustrating, is lack of evidence and proof, that American woman held in Malaysia was infected with virus on board of WESTERDAM, not somewhere else, while on the way to Malaysia. It’s still not confirmed, that she’s infected with coronavirus, and not suffering from usual flu.
Very risky days to go cruising, indeed. Most frustrating thing is, it is not clear – if you ask me – what’s worse, to feel sick with flu symptoms and stay at home, hoping that it’s a flu, or go to hospital with a high chance of being put under quarantine. What’s worse and potentially more risky, coronavirus or governmental quarantine? I don’t know.
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