Outbreak Hits Norway Cruise Ship, Could Spread Along Coast

Written by on August 3, 2020

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Norwegian cruise ship line halted all journeys and apologized Monday for procedural errors after an outbreak of coronavirus on one ship contaminated at the very least 5 passengers and 36 crew. Well being authorities concern the ship might have contaminated dozens of cities and villages alongside Norway’s western coast.

The 41 individuals on the MS Roald Amundsen who examined constructive have been admitted to the College Hospital of North Norway in Tromsoe, north of the Arctic Circle, the place the ship at the moment is docked.

“A preliminary analysis exhibits that there was a failure in a number of of our inner procedures,” Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam stated in a press release. He added the corporate that sails alongside Norway’s picturesque coast between Bergen within the south and Kirkenes within the north is “now within the strategy of a full assessment of all procedures, and all features of our personal dealing with.”

The cruise line has contacted passengers who had been on the MS Roald Amundsen for its July 17-24 and July 25-31 journeys from Bergen to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, which is thought for its polar bears.T right here have been 209 friends on the primary voyage and 178 friends on the second voyage.

All 158 crew members on MS Roald Amundsen have been examined and 122 have been destructive.

However because the cruise ship line usually acts like an area ferry, touring from port to port alongside Norway’s western coast, the virus could not have been contained onboard. Some passengers disembarked alongside the route and will have unfold the virus to their native communities.

Norwegian cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen moored in Tromso, Norway, Monday Aug. 3, 2020. 

Norwegian cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen moored in Tromso, Norway, Monday Aug. 3, 2020. 

The municipality of Tromsoe is urging anybody who traveled on the ship or had any contact with the ship to get in contact with well being authorities. A complete of 69 municipalities in Norway have been affected, Norwegian information company NTB reported.

Its not recognized how the outbreak started since friends come from all around the world. NTB stated 33 of the 36 crew members which have examined constructive got here from the Philippines and the others got here from Norway, France and Germany.

Over the weekend, Skjeldam stated cruise ship officers didn’t know that they need to have notified the passengers after the primary case was reported Friday, including that they adopted the recommendation of the ship’s docs.

However Line Vold of the Norwegian Institute of Public Well being stated its recommendation was to tell passengers and crew as quickly as attainable so they may monitor their well being and go into quarantine if wanted.

“Now we have made errors. On behalf of all of us in Hurtigruten, I’m sorry for what has occurred. We take full duty,” Skjeldam stated.

The Hurtigruten line says the operations of three ships — MS Roald Amundsen, MS Fridtjof Nansen and MS Spitsbergen — have been halted for an indefinite interval.

The Tromsoe-based Hurtigruten was one of many first firms to renew crusing after the pandemic hit and began cruises to Norway out of Hamburg, northern Germany, in June with a single ship. It added cruises to Svalbard in July, Norwegian media reported.

In Italy, the Costa Crociere cruise ship line stated Sunday three crew members from two ships in Civitavecchia, close to Rome, have examined constructive for the coronavirus. The cruise firm stated two assigned to the Costa Deliziosa have been hospitalized in good situation, and a 3rd, assigned to the Costa Favolosa, was in isolation on the ship.

The Italian cruise firm, which is a part of Carnival Corp. stated the crews of each ships have been being screened ‘’in view of the attainable relaunch of our cruises, as quickly as the federal government offers the authorization.’’ The Cupboard is assembly on the matter subsequent Sunday.

Costa Crociere stated that every one crew members have been examined for the virus earlier than leaving their nations, then endure a second check as soon as they arrive in Italy, after which they’re put beneath a two-week monitoring interval.

Cruise strains stopped crusing in mid-March after a number of high-profile coronavirus outbreaks at sea. Greater than 710 individuals fell in poor health aboard Carnival’s Diamond Princess cruise ship whereas it was quarantined off Japan and 13 individuals died.

A German cruise ship final week set sail from Hamburg, testing procedures for the way cruise ships can function safely throughout the pandemic. The ship sailed with lower than 50% capability and solely went on a four-day journey at sea with no stops at different ports.

Colleen Barry in Milan contributed to this report.

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