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Cruise ship in Italy in lockdown over feared coronavirus cases

Jan 31, 2020 09:30 IST

Over 6,000 tourists were blocked on a cruise ship in Italy on Thursday after the vast liner was placed on lockdown over two suspected cases of the deadly coronavirus. Samples from a Chinese couple were sent for testing after three doctors and a nurse boarded the Costa Crociere ship in the port of Civitavecchia to tend to a woman running a fever. According to reports, a 54-year old woman from Macau "was placed in solitary confinement in the on-board hospital last night with her travel companion". The Costa Smeralda, the company's flagship and the fifth-largest cruise ship in the world, came from Palma de Mallorca and is currently engaged in one-week cruises in the western Mediterranean.

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