New Norwegian cruise ship in quarantine after positive passenger coronavirus test

New Norwegian cruise ship in quarantine after positive passenger coronavirus test
The Seadream 1 ship in Bodø harbour. Photo: AFP
A Danish national has tested positive for coronavirus after returning home from a cruise ship in Norway.

The ship, the SeaDream 1, has been put under quarantine in the harbour at Bodø after receiving notification that the passenger from its previous voyage was infected with the virus, Aftenposten reports.

All passengers currently on board the quarantined ship were to be tested for Covid-19 on Wednesday.

The infected passenger was on board the ship during its previous cruise and returned to Copenhagen from Tromsø on August 2nd, where they tested positive for coronavirus. No further information on the passenger has been released, according to a report by Danish news agency Ritzau.

According to Aftenposten’s report, passengers currently on board the ship have received messages from the shipowner SeaDream Yacht Club informing them that “we have no knowledge of other guests or crew members being infected or having symptoms of the virus, but we are taking all necessary precautions”.

 

The Norwegian Institute for Public Health (NIPH) said in a statement on Tuesday that all passengers from both the previous and current cruise must quarantined and also asked them to be tested for Covid-19.

They would be contacted by the shipowner, NIPH stated.

Earlier this week, Norway’s government said that crew and passengers currently on cruise ships in the country are to face stricter rules when going ashore, and no new cruises will be allowed to set sail for the next 14 days.

That came after a coronavirus outbreak on a ship operated by company Hurtigruten, which resulted of dozens of crew and passengers being infected.

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