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Another cruise ship in Norway stalled over virus case

Published:Wednesday | August 5, 2020 | 9:02 AM
The cruise ship SeaDream 1 at the quay in Bodoe, Norway, Wednesday, August 5, 2020. The cruise ship with 123 passengers onboard and a crew of 85 has docked in the Norwegian harbor of Bodoe but no one can disembark after a former passenger from Denmark tested positive for the coronavirus upon returning home. (Sondre Skjelvik/NTB Scanpix via AP)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A cruise ship carrying more than 200 people docked in a Norwegian harbor Wednesday and ordered to keep everyone on board after a passenger from a previous trip tested positive for the coronavirus upon returning home to Denmark.

Bodoe Mayor Ida Pinneroed told Norwegian broadcaster NRK that the SeaDream 1′s 85 crew members would all be tested for the virus and that authorities were in contact with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health on whether the 123 passengers should be as well.

“We take the situation very seriously,” the mayor said.

The Norway-based company that owns the ship, SeaDream Yacht Club, said the former passenger had no symptoms of COVID-19 during the earlier voyage and had travelled home from Tromsoe on August 2.

The person underwent a routine virus test upon arrival in Denmark and it came back positive on Tuesday.

All the other passengers from the infected individual’s trip must self-isolate for 10 days, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health said.

The ship’s new journey, down the Norwegian coast started on August 2 in Tromsoe and stopped in Bodoe, 200 kilometres (124.3 miles) to the south.

Meanwhile, the number of people on another Norwegian cruise ship who have tested positive for the virus has reached 44, nine passengers and 35 crew members, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health reported late Tuesday.

All nine infected passengers on the MS Roald Amundsen were registered as Norway residents.

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