Chinese pair isolated in infirmary, 6,000 people locked in COSTA cruise ship, Italy

Chinese family pair, husband and wife, are reportedly isolated in hospital on board of Costa Cruises cruise ship at Civitavecchia, Italy, on Jan 30. Both are suffering from fever and respiratory complications, both are presently undergoing medical checks, coronavirus suspected to be the case. Some 6,000 people on board are banned from disembarking, understood both passengers and crew. The ship wasn’t identified by Italian sources, but there’s only one Costa Cruises ship at Civitavecchia at present, it’s a brand new cruise ship COSTA ESMERALDA, completing her 6-day cruise around Med. She arrived from Mallorca. Understood the pair arrived in Italy on Jan 25 and joined cruise at Savona, second port of call. 6-day cruise starts and ends at Civitavecchia.
Cruise ship COSTA SMERALDA, IMO 9781889, GT 185010, built 2019, flag Italy, operator COSTA Cruises, capacity 6554 passengers, crew 1646.



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