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Cruise Ship Passengers In Sydney Harbour Cleared Of Coronavirus

Cruise Ship Passengers In Sydney Harbour Cleared Of Coronavirus”

All passengers on board the Norwegian Jewel cruise ship have been declared in good health.

Australian health officials tested a passenger onboard a cruise ship docked in Sydney harbour for a "respiratory illness" on Friday (Feb 14), causing passengers to fret about the potential of another shipboard outbreak of the coronavirus.

The cruise ship arrived in Sydney from Auckland on Friday morning, docking at the worldwide passenger terminal at Circular Quay.

NSW Health on Friday said one person from the Norwegian Jewel - who was tested purely as a precautionary measure - had been cleared of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Reports suggesting a coronavirus scare were false and inflammatory, the company said. "There is absolutely no truth to this", a spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise Line, told SBS News.

The itinerary of the Norwegian Jewel, which has docked in Sydney after visiting posts around New Zealand.

The spokesperson said several guests had fallen ill with a stomach-related illness and "stringent sanitation procedures" were taken to mitigate any impact. "As such, upon the ship's return to Sydney [today] a a thorough inspection and rigorous cleaning and disinfection of the ship and terminal were conducted".

The cruise ship has a passenger capacity of 2,376.

"We have no guests with any respiratory-related illness on board".

"Before anyone can disembark the ship, they are going on board, screening those passengers and if all clear, everyone will come off the ship", the spokesperson said.

"As part of this effort, passengers on a cruise ship arriving into Sydney this morning were assessed". One passenger was tested for a range of respiratory illnesses including influenza and coronavirus.



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