Australia - Cruise ship in lock down in Sydney Harbour. Passenger being tested for coronavirus

Author: Eamonn Sheridan | Category: News

Australia news on the coronavirus - the reports so far:

  • cruise ship is in lock down in Sydney Harbour
  • passenger being tested for possible coronavirus by NSW health authorities 
  • testing a Singaporean man who fell ill with respiratory illness - not confirmed as yet whether the man has the virus
  • passengers have been prevented from disembarking
  • Norwegian Jewel arrived in Sydney this morning at 6am
  • Docked at the international passenger terminal at Circular Quay
Local press reports - link (most likely gated though)

Update: We received a statement from Norwegian Cruise Line

"The safety, security and well-being of our guests and crew is our number one priority. As such, we operate at the very highest public health standards. During Norwegian Jewel's sailing from Auckland to Sydney, a few guests on board experienced a stomach-related illness. To mitigate any impact of this rare occurrence, we implemented stringent sanitation procedures. As such, upon the ship's return to Sydney on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 , a thorough inspection and rigorous cleaning and disinfection of the ship and terminal were conducted. 

There are various false inflammatory media reports regarding the ship. There is absolutely no truth to those stories. We have no guests with any respiratory related illness on board.  The vessel remains in operation, and all guests onboard are in good health.

Australia news on the coronavirus - the reports so far:Pic of the ship, not this visit though
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