About 7,000 passengers and crew are trapped on Costa Cruises’ Costa Smeralda ship at the port of Civitavecchia in Italy amid fears two holidaymakers have coronavirus.
The sanitary protocol has been activated after a 54-year-old woman fell ill. It was a weeklong Mediterranean planned cruise. The sick passenger was placed in isolation in the ship’s hospital last night along with her travel companion who has no symptoms. Smeralda passengers are being kept on board, pending checks, to determine the type of virus. If it is the coronavirus passengers and crew could be quarantined for two weeks aboard the ship. “As soon as the suspected case was detected, the Medical Team on board immediately activated all the relevant health procedures to promptly isolate and manage the clinical condition,” the Costa rep said in a statement. Italian health authorities are screening the 7,000 passengers and crew for possible infection.
The port of Civitavecchia
The coronavirus from China is a major world concern. Over 50 million people remain under a government lockdown in central China, while sports, transport and cultural events have been canceled across the country. Cruise companies including Royal Caribbean, MSC Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Lines have canceled scheduled departures from China.