Italian cruise ship cleared


An Italian cruise ship was sent on its way after docking off Barbados yesterday, following suspicions of the passengers carrying the coronavirus (Covid-19).

The Costa Magica had been turned away from both Tobago, and St Kitts and Nevis after authorities suspected some people had the virus. Onboard were 2 307 passengers, which included 417 Italians who boarded the vessel between February 28 and March 6, and 962 crew members.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Anton Best, through a release from the Barbados Government Information Service last night, said the initial medical report from the ship stated four passengers were experiencing flu-like symptoms, none of which had a “travel history of interest”. That information was updated yesterday morning to include the three sick passengers, two Italians and a Guadeloupian who were tested.

A public health team boarded the vessel and tested the passengers who all proved to be negative.

Best emphasised that none of the passengers or crew was allowed to disembark the ship.  (RA)


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