Some 5,000 cruise passengers and 1,200 crew screened for coronavirus, 148 isolated

Cruise ship COSTA VENEZIA returned to Shenzhen port, southeastern China near Hong Kong, in the morning Jan 26, after a 6-day cruise to Vietnam. On arrival, cruise ship was boarded by medical team, all 4973 passengers and 12 49 crew were checked by medics for symptoms of fever and pneumonia, 4 were found to have high temperature. 148 passengers who’re residents of Wuhan or visited Wuhan recently, were isolated for a stricter screening. Passengers and crew spent all day on board, they’ve been granted permission to disembark in the evening Jan 26. Next scheduled cruise is cancelled, 5155 tourists will be refunded, including air tickets costs.
Cruise ship COSTA VENEZIA, IMO 9801689, GT 135225, built 2019, flag Italy, operator Costa Cruises, capacity 5260 max, crew 1278.



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