Hong Kong testing cruise ship passengers for virus

Hong Kong testing cruise ship passengers for virus

Winnie Yu, chair of the Hospital Authority Employees Alliance, walks with other members to the Hong Kong government headquarters on Wednesday to submit their petition demanding the closure of the border with mainland China over the spread of the coronavirus epidemic. (Photo: Reuters)
Winnie Yu, chair of the Hospital Authority Employees Alliance, walks with other members to the Hong Kong government headquarters on Wednesday to submit their petition demanding the closure of the border with mainland China over the spread of the coronavirus epidemic. (Photo: Reuters)

HONG KONG: Health officials were testing over 1,800 passengers and crew on a cruise ship for the coronavirus on Wednesday after some crew members reported having fever and other symptoms.

Authorities were not letting anyone leave the ship without permission.

The health department said 90% of the passengers were Hong Kongers and no mainland Chinese were on board. Previously, three mainland Chinese that had been on the ship between Jan 19 and 24 were found to have contracted the virus.

The "World Dream", operated by Dream Cruises, was denied entry in the southern Taiwan port of Kaohsiung on Tuesday. On Monday, the ship visited Taiwan's northern Keelung port.

It was not clear how long passengers and crew would be kept on the ship.


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