Coronavirus: Thousands trapped on cruise ship

Coronavirus: Thousands trapped on cruise ship”

A cruise ship owned by Carnival Corp. was blocked from leaving an Italian port with some 7,000 people on board, after a passenger came down with symptoms that raised concerns about a possible case of coronavirus.

Carnival's Italian Costa Crociere unit said passengers can now leave the ship, which had been in lockdown in a port near Rome, though the vessel will not depart for the next leg of its journey until Friday evening.

Shortly after, they came down with fevers and developed breathing difficulties, officials said.

The cruise ship which is the newest and largest in the fleet will likely have a delayed departure from the port which will impact thousands of cruise passengers. if Coronavirus is confirmed the ship would no doubt have to remain in port a lot longer and all guests onboard would have to be checked.

The Centers for Disease Control also confirmed the first person-to-person case in the United States, saying the spouse of an IL woman who had recently traveled to Wuhan contracted the virus. It said a 54-year old woman from Macau "was placed in solitary confinement in the on-board hospital last night with her travel companion", and was following instructions from the health ministry.

More Than 6,000 Passengers Being Held on Cruise Ship in Italy Over Possible Coronavirus Case

The couple flew in to Milan from Hong Kong on January 25, before getting on board at Savona in northern Italy.

Although there have been no reported cases among passengers or crew on board MSC Splendida while serving the Asian market throughout winter, the cruise line is moving the ship as a precaution.

"The couple's cabin has been isolated and they are in with the doctors", an unnamed passenger told the Italian ANSA news agency.

The company also stated that any guests who have transited through other parts of China within the past few days "will receive secondary medical screenings to determine sailing eligibility".

The news came as the United Nations health agency declared an global emergency over the coronavirus from China, which reported its biggest single-day jump in deaths.

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