For hours, 7,000 people were stuck on a cruise ship on the Italian coast. Italy has now taken a drastic step.
- Around 7,000 people feared for their health on Thursday. The reason: A suspected coronavirus has been reported on the cruise ship "Costa Smeralda".
- According to initial media reports, a tourist on board the cruise ship has been isolated and given medical care.
- The Italian authorities have moored the ship, but for the time being have not let the people off the boat.
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Update from January 31, 2019, 8.35 a.m .: In the evening, vacationers could breathe a sigh of relief. The suspected case on board was "normal flu", as the cruise company Costa Crociere explained. The sick woman and her husband had arrived at the airport in Milan on January 25, according to the media. No fever was found in the man, the 54-year-old woman had slight complaints.
The ship will continue on Friday evening towards Savona in Liguria and skip the port of La Spezia . After that, the trip should continue as planned. German tourists were also on board, as a company spokeswoman said. She couldn't give an exact number.
The ship had entered the port of Civitavecchia near Rome around 8:00 a.m. The local authorities ordered after the suspicion that the passengers were not allowed to go ashore.
The Ansa news agency reported anger and anger about missing information. "We all eat together in the common areas and we don't know if anyone is infected," Ansa quoted a traveler from Puglia. Costa Crociere said the "extraordinary situation" was always under control and the situation on board was calm.
In the meantime there was also confusion as to whether the first passengers should be able to get out. According to media reports, more than 1000 people who wanted to end their trip in Civitavecchia anyway received permission from the health authorities in the port. But then the mayor of the city, Ernesto Tedesco, banned it again. "I am a mayor and I have to protect the citizens of my city," he said.
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Update, 10:54 p.m .: After two confirmed coronavirus cases, Italy has suspended air traffic with China . Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in Rome . Conte called on people to stay calm. The situation is under control.
Update 9:16 pm: The Ministry of Health in Rome has announced that the suspicion of a coronavirus infection on the cruise ship has not been confirmed. The tests of the two people concerned are negative .
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Update 8:01 pm: The almost 6000 vacationers and 1000 crew members on the "Costa Smeralda" are still stuck. Individual photos from on board are circulating on social media. The passengers can then be seen how they pass the time inside the ship. Apparently there is no panic on board the cruise ship.
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Update 6.40 p.m .: The passengers are still at the port, while Italian health officials examine the passengers.
Meanwhile, MSC and Costa Cruises have canceled all cruises that should start in Chinese ports, as Focus Online reports. It is also said that on Thursday MSC canceled three tours of the ship "Splendida" with 6880 seats. Planned trips to Japan are affected at the beginning of February.
Update 3:54 pm: Despite the suspicion of a coronavirus infection , the approximately 6000 vacationers and 1000 crew members on board the "Costa Smeralda" remained calm. The local health authorities dispatched a team of doctors on board after being informed about a Chinese passenger with a severe cough and fever. The 54-year-old woman from the Macau Chinese Special Administrative Region and her husband were isolated and examined at the ship's infirmary. After the roughly 7,000 people on the cruise ship were initially not allowed to leave the boat, they can now breathe a sigh of relief. According to initial analyzes, the case does not appear to have been confirmed. That reports Stern.de .
According to the Italian news agency Ansa, approximately 750 of the tourists on board the cruise ship came from China .
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First report from January 30, 2020:
Civitavecchia - Around 7,000 people are currently stuck on a cruise ship in the port of the Italian city of Civitavecchia in Italy because of the suspected infection with the novel coronavirus * . Almost as many people are stuck on board the “Costa Smeralda” as there are infections worldwide. The authorities are currently reporting more than 7,700 infected people worldwide.
The corona virus is currently also severely affecting cruises. Many cruises are canceled. Other lines refuse to do so. It's like "we're going on a suicide mission," reports one crew member.
Coronavirus: Thousands of people are stuck on a cruise ship on the Italian coast
Apparently, a tourist from the Chinese Macao Special Administrative Region on board the "Costa Smeralda" shows the symptoms of the new lung disease, which currently seems to keep the whole world in suspense. The woman had suspicious signs such as fever and breathing problems , reports Focus.de . The tourist and her husband are said to have landed in Milan by plane on January 25. The couple then started the cruise in Savona, Liguria - around 178 kilometers from Milan.
The steamer stopped in Marseille, Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca in Spain in the following days. Only then did the cruise ship set off for Civitavecchia, where it is currently not allowed to dock.
Corona virus: 7,000 people are stuck on cruise ship
The woman is currently isolated on the cruise ship , but continues to receive medical care. The results of the virus test are expected on Thursday afternoon. So far, the man affected has not shown any symptoms .
Cruise ship "Costa Smeralda"
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