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Al Jazeera 13 Feb 2020

Cambodia tests cruise ship passengers for coronavirus


A cruise ship that has been at sea for two weeks has docked in Cambodia after it was turned away by four other governments in the region.
There are no confirmed coronavirus cases on board, but everyone is being tested before they can disembark.
Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay reports from Sihanoukville.

In early February, a man tested positive for Covid-19 after disembarking from this ship, the Diamond Princess. The ship was quarantined immediately after arriving in Japanese waters a few days later. More than 3700 passengers and crew members were on board. 700 of them soon sickened with the coronavirus. For weeks the ship was the site of the largest outbreak outside China. Five months later Cruise ship operators are pushing to reopen. But can they guarantee passenger safety during a global pandemic?
How did one cruise ship become the single largest source of COVID-19 infections in Australia?

As the pandemic gathered speed and the world went into lockdown in March, the Ruby Princess continued sailing.

Management were well aware of the risks but as the virus silently spread, passengers were reassured there was nothing to fear and the party continued.

When the ship docked weeks later in Sydney, at least 850 people had been infected. They walked straight out into the community.

101 East investigates how the Ruby Princess became an incubator for infection, leaving its passengers and staff dangerously exposed.
Italy's MSC Grandiosa launched today, months after cruise ships became early incubators of the coronavirus. The ship will dock at destinations close to Italy with new health procedures.
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