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Cruise cancelled after case of Covid-19
Genting Cruise Lines cancelled a cruise scheduled to depart Singapore on Jul 14, 2021, after a passenger on the 'World Dream' tested positive for Covid-19 in the night of July 13. The 40-year old passenger, who tested negative prior to boarding the vessel on July 11, had been identified late on July 13 as being a close contact of a positive case ashore. Health authorities notified the ship, operated by Genting's Dream Cruises brand, which led to the company's CruiseSafe protocols developed jointly with classification society DNV immediately being put into action. The passenger was immediately isolated in the ship's quarantine facilities and administered a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) that returned a positive result just after midnight local time, early the next morning. Authorities said the passenger had been fully vaccinated and was asymptomatic. Three other people in the same travelling party as the passenger were also isolated. They too were administered Covid-19 tests, but these came back negative. All other passengers were asked to return to their cabins. The ship docked in Singapore at the Marina Bay Cruise Terminal in the morning of July 14, cutting short the cruise by several hours. The infected passenger and travelling companions were immediately transferred to a shore-based hospital for further testing. Other passengers were asked to remain in their cabins until official confirmation of the test results and contact tracing was complete. The 'World Dream' would undergo full cleaning and sanitisation, and a two-night cruise that was scheduled to depart in the evening has been cancelled as a precautionary measure.
Crew and passengers released from quarantine
The health authorities released the crew and passengers of the 'World Dream' from a quarantine imposed due to fears that some staff could have contracted the corona virus on a previous voyage and passed it on. The vessel had carried three Chinese passengers to Vietnam between Jan 19 and 24 who were later found to be infected with the SARS-like corona virus. The government grounded the ship on its arrival in Hong Kong on Feb 5 while tests were carried out on the crew, but said the passengers need not undergo examination as they had no contact with the three sick holidaymakers on the January trip. 3,600 people have been confined to the 'World Dream'. The passengers and crew isolated on the vessel had been expecting to stay aboard until Feb 12 after Hong Kong authorities said testing would take at least four days. But chief port health officer Leung Yiu-hong said on Feb 9 that all tests had results in the afternoon and are all negative. He added that passenger testing was deemed unnecessary because they were at relatively low risk. All 3,600 onboard will not be required to self-quarantine after leaving.
Cruise ship put under quarantine
The 'World Dream' has been placed under quarantine in Hong Kong port upon its arrival from Kaohsiung in the morning of Feb 5 with 1800 passengers and 1800 crew members on board. Three coronavirus-infected passengers had been on board during a 4-day Vietnam cruise during Jan 19-25, but the infected persons were diagnosed with the coronavirus later in Hong Kong. The company found out about the infection on Feb 3, when the ship was already under way on another cruise, with Kaohsiung being her first port of call. Cabins of infected persons were immediately sealed, Taiwanese authorities banned passengers and crew from disembarking on ship’s arrival on Feb 4. The ship left Kaohsiung the same day and sailed back to Hong Kong, berthing at the Tak Cruise Terminal in the morning of Feb 5. All people on board were under quarantin and prohibited to leave the ship. More than 30 crew reported were being sick with cough and sore throat, three of them having fever. Those three with coronavirus symptoms were already hospitalized. 90% of the passengers wer Hong Kong residents, the rest were from other countries, but no mainland Chinese persons were on board. The cruise was cancelled.News schreiben