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US cruise ship rejected by 5 nations over coronavirus fears

Feb 12, 2020 16:44 IST

Thailand has become the latest country to reject the Westerdam cruise ship entry to its ports over coronavirus fears. Over 2,000 passengers and crew are now desperate to disembark after almost two weeks at sea. Ports in Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines and Guam sent it away earlier, according to the WHO. Health authorities may try to board the ship to assess passengers’ health. The refusal and quarantine of cruise ships are the latest efforts by governments around the world to contain the outbreak. Carnival’s Diamond Princess and its 3,700 passengers are quarantined in the port of Yokohama as authorities struggle with an increasing number of infections on board.

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