About 2,000 people, cruise liners, were called back on board the ship while on a trip to Athens after confirmation of a positive case of coronavirus .
The cruise ship was put on alert after it was found that an Austrian passenger who made the same voyage with MSC OPERA between 17 and 28 February was found positive in the new coronavirus in Italy.
According to British Daily Mail reports, after the news, 2,000 cruise liners returned to MSC Opera and were asked to stay aboard until later. There they were told by the captain that a man who had been on the cruise the previous day was found to be positive for coronavirus.
The cruise ship is currently off Monemvasia and sailing to Corfu according to Marinetraffic.
Positive for the cruise liner of the cruise ship that today anchored in Piraeus
The patient appears to have landed on February 28 in Genoa, northern Italy, where most – if not all – cases of coronavirus have been reported in the neighboring country. Today, the number of deaths in Italy is 107 , with an estimated total more than 3,000. The British newspaper quotes MSC Opera passenger testimonials, such as Antonio Montalto’s, describing that he was ordered to return immediately to the ship bound for Piraeus in the morning.
The post describes how the cruise continued its journey normally, with the cruise ship arriving in Corfu on Thursday. According to the British Mirror, which cites a letter from the captain, crew members were expecting orders from the Greek and Austrian authorities. “Note that there is no cause for concern. There is no indication that there is a suspected case at MSC Opera and there are no cases (between passengers) showing a case of coronavirus. ”
The cruise ship’s announcement of the coronavirus incident
The cruise liner company MSC Opera itself issued a statement on the incident:
“Health authorities in Austria have informed us that a passenger of Austrian nationality, who was on a cruise with the MSC Opera in the Eastern Mediterranean from 17 to 28 February, was diagnosed with coronavirus on 3 March. The passenger returned directly to Austria via Italy on February 28, after landing in Genoa, Italy.
Msc Opera had tied up earlier today in Piraeus, Greece, and we informed the Greek authorities of the incident asking for directions. At the same time, we asked passengers, as a precautionary measure, to stay on board while awaiting instructions from local authorities.
We shared with the health authorities the full medical history of the ship, as well as the medical and travel history of the Austrian passenger. The Greek Health Authorities authorized MSC Opera to sail from Piraeus at 13.00 and continue its journey, with the next scheduled stop in Corfu. No additional sanitary measures were required and the ship was continuing its journey as planned.
There are no passengers or crew members who have had flu symptoms. ”
source – iefimerida.gr