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Coronavirus scare ship to arrive today - 14 people being monitored

Published:Monday | February 10, 2020 | 12:09 AM

HAMILTON (CMC):

A ship at the centre of a scare over a killer strain of coronavirus is due to arrive in Bermuda today as health officials announced that 14 people on the island are being monitored as a precaution.

Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas had four passengers taken to hospital amid fears they may have the virus after the ship returned to its home port in Bayonne, New Jersey, last Friday.

Tests later showed none had the virus which has killed more than 800 people worldwide, all but two of them in China.

Bermuda’s Ministry of Health and port authorities said on Sunday they were prepared for the ship’s visit to Dockyard at the island’s west end.

A spokeswoman added: “Bermuda will apply the necessary protocols upon arrival. Residents should be assured that health and port authorities are prepared and equipped to deal with the vessel in accordance with our established protocols.

“Royal Caribbean has enacted their own stringent protocols with regard to the screening of passengers prior to boarding. None of the four guests showed any clinical signs or symptoms of coronavirus while they were on board our ship,” said Royal Caribbean.

“One had tested positive on board for influenza A. Our records indicate the guests had not been in China since January 26,” she said.

“There are no confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV in Bermuda at this time, and no individuals meeting the criteria of ‘suspect case’, the ministry said.