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Singapore welcomes home ship barred by Malaysia and Thailand

Singapore welcomes home ship barred by Malaysia and Thailand

WORLD: Singapore will allow a cruise ship carrying about 2,000 people to dock after it was barred by Malaysia and Thailand over coronavirus fears, officials said yesterday (Mar 9).

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By AFP

Tuesday 10 March 2020, 09:57AM


The Costa Fortuna has been granted permission to dock in Singapore after being refused by Malaysia and Thailand. Photo: Costa Cruises PR

The Costa Fortuna has been granted permission to dock in Singapore after being refused by Malaysia and Thailand. Photo: Costa Cruises PR

The Costa Fortuna was turned away from the Thai holiday island of Phuket and the Malaysian state of Penang in recent days, despite having no suspected virus cases among its passengers and crew.

But the ship - carrying dozens of people from Italy, which has been hard hit by the virus - will be allowed to dock at its home port of Singapore today (Mar 10) as scheduled.

A doctor on board will check passengers and crew before they disembark, and everyone will undergo temperature screenings before entering Singapore, the city-state’s port authority and tourism board said.

The vessel, which set sail from Singapore on Mar 3, said no passengers were feverish or had other symptoms, they added.

Thailand refused to let the ship dock due to restrictions on people with recent travel history to Italy, while Malaysia has barred all cruise ships from the country’s ports because of coronavirus fears.

Italy has been hard hit by the virus with 463 fatalities - the most deaths from the disease of any country outside China, where the outbreak began in December.

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Singapore last week banned visitors with recent travel history to northern Italy.

Officials said all passengers on the Costa Fortuna had completed necessary checks related to the virus before the start of the cruise.

The case has similarities with that of the Westerdam, a cruise ship that was at sea for two weeks and was rejected by five countries over fears its passengers could have the virus.

Cambodia finally allowed it to dock on the country’s southern coast on Feb 13.

Worldwide, the total number of people with COVID-19 has passed 114,000, while more than 4,020 have died.

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Kurt | 10 March 2020 - 10:11:17

Singapore is Home-Port of the Costa Fortuna. The cruise vessel arrived/departed there already 16 times since December. Singaporean Authorities know what they are doing.

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