Coronavirus: passengers stranded on World Dream cruise ship in Hong Kong ‘could be allowed to leave as soon as Tuesday’

9:42 A.m.
2/8/2020
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Coronavirus: passengers stranded on World Dream cruise ship in Hong Kong ‘could be allowed to leave as soon as TuesdayAll 35 crew members and nine passengers who had earlier reported fever or respiratory symptoms test negative for deadly coronavirus


  • Chief port health officer at the Centre for Health Protection says all workers on ship will be tested by Tuesday and if clear, everyone can
    , said all 35 crew members and nine travellers on the World Dream who had earlier reported fever or respiratory symptoms were found not to have the virus.
  •  But some passengers remained uncertain of their fate, with tensions rising as film screenings and mahjong were dropped from on-board entertainment and small arguments broke out.  Leung said it was still possible that most of the 1,800 crew members on the ship had contact with the eight infected travellers who had been on the ship during an earlier cruise in January, or other passengers who had encountered the patients on that same trip.

To be safe, all workers would be tested for the virus as suggested by medical experts, he said.

“We expect the test will take four days to complete,” he said. “If all samples for all crew members test negative, then passengers should be able to get off the ship.”
The World Dream left Hong Kong for Taiwan on February 2 carrying more than 1,800 passengers and about the same number of crew members. 
Leung said officers began collecting samples from crew members for testing on Saturday afternoon.

The chief port health officer said if one person tested positive for the virus, then authorities would identify those who had close contact with the patient and place them in quarantine.

Those who did not have close contact with a confirmed case would be monitored, he said.

He advised passengers not to engage in activities involving groups of people. The ship’s operator has closed public facilities to reduce the chances of infection. 
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