Cruise Ship Carrying Over 6,000 Individuals Denied Entry to Jamaica and Cayman Islands Amid Coronavirus Fears 

Cruise Ship Carrying Over 6,000 People Denied Entry to Jamaica and Cayman Islands Amid Coronavirus Fears 

A cruise ship from the Miami-based cruise line MSC Cruises has been denied entry to the Cayman Islands and Jamaica amid fears of the novel coronavirus.

The MSC Meraviglia from was blocked from coming into the port in Ochos Rios, Jamaica on Tuesday, well being officers mentioned. The ship, carrying greater than 4,500 passengers and over 1,600 crew members on a 14-day cruise of the Caribbean, was denied entry after well being officers discovered that one crew member, reporting flu-like signs, had been positioned in isolation.

“The crew member had a cough, fever and related muscle pains with a journey historical past to a rustic of curiosity regarding the COVID-19,” learn an announcement from Jamaica’s Ministry of Well being and Wellness.

After being blocked from docking in Jamaica, the ship was additionally denied a scheduled entry on Wednesday in Grand Cayman out of “an abundance of warning,” from the Cayman Islands’ well being officers.

“As a way to present safety to the well being and security of the residents of the Cayman Islands, the Authorities denied permission for the cruise ship to name on Grand Cayman as beforehand scheduled,” well being minister Dwayne Seymour mentioned in an announcement.

MSC Cruises criticized the choices by each international locations in an announcement to TIME, saying authorities in Jamaica and Grand Cayman didn’t correctly evaluation medical data supplied by the cruise line. “In each cases, the ship was successfully turned away merely primarily based on fears,” the assertion learn.

In keeping with MSC Cruises, the ship’s medical data confirmed one case of influenza, which affected a crew member who had traveled to Miami from Manila, Philippines through Istanbul. The crew member examined optimistic for Kind A influenza after visiting the ship’s medical heart whereas already aboard. MSC Cruises mentioned it’s commonplace observe to report any diseases on board to related native well being authorities. In keeping with the cruise line, the crew member launched into the cruise after passing a compulsory well being screening given to all passengers on the ship.

“He has no different signs,” MSC Cruises mentioned.

The ship is now en path to its subsequent port of name in Cozumel, Mexico, the place it’s anticipated to dock on Wednesday night time. The ship’s command and MSC Cruises administration are in contact with native well being authorities “to make sure that their determination can be primarily based on a factual evaluation of the ship’s medical data,” in response to the assertion. No coronavirus circumstances have been reported or confirmed in Mexico.

A passenger aboard MSC Meraviglia, who requested to not be recognized, advised TIME that some folks on the ship appear fearful, however aren’t but panicked. Passengers are attempting to get extra details about future stops and are persevering with to collect within the ship’s frequent areas.

“Life is regular on the pool facet,” the passenger mentioned. “We’ve not been requested to remain within the rooms.”

In a observe to passengers shared with TIME, the ship’s captain apologized for the voyage’s itinerary modifications and any associated “inconvenience,.” The observe added that MSC could be offering refunds for missed excursions in Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman, together with a $200 on board credit score per stateroom.

MSC Meraviglia is the newest cruise ship to get caught up in fears over the unfold of the coronavirus, which has rapidly surged in case numbers outdoors of mainland China, the place the viral an infection originated. Following rumors {that a} passenger on Holland America Line’s Westerdam cruise ship had coronavirus, the ship was denied entry at 5 completely different ports earlier in February, earlier than passengers had been allowed to disembark in Cambodia.