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Recent travellers to China won't be allowed to board most cruise ships

Recent travellers to China won't be allowed to board most cruise ships”

CLIA represents the world's best-known cruise lines, including TUI, AIDA, MSC and Carnival Cruises.

In a statement CLIA said: "The safety and health of passengers is the number one priority of CLIA members". Although the risks to our guests and crew are low, our medical experts are coordinating closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to implement any recommended screening, prevention and control measures for our ships.

US and foreign cruise lines are now denying boarding to guests and crew members who have recently been in China over fears that their ships could contribute to the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Additionally, guests and crew members who are coming from China - or have traveled through China in the last two weeks - will not be allowed onto ships.

Japan's government said on Monday it would quarantine a Yokohama-bound cruise ship, after a Hong Kong man who sailed on it last month tested positive for coronavirus. Cruise lines take precautions to conduct passive as well as active screening of passengers and crew for illness prior to boarding when circumstances demand. All ships are fitted with medical facilities and have medical professionals "available around the clock", it added.

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How far has it spread? They are poised for their eighth drop in 10 trading days and have fallen 17 per cent since their recent high on January 17, when coronavirus cases were starting to mount in Wuhan, China.

Cases of the virus have reached almost 10,000 in China.

In fact, Royal Caribbean has posted on their website a statement confirming that any guests or crew - no matter what nationality - who has been to mainland China or Hong Kong in the past 15 days before their sailing "will be unable to board any of our ships".

For the latest Coronavirus travel and safety information, visit the FOC website.



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