CNN.com reports that the number of people who have contracted coronavirus while sailing aboard a Norwegian cruise ship in recent weeks has grown to at least 40.
At least 33 crew members on the MS Roald Amundsen cruise ship have tested positive for coronavirus, days after nearly 200 passengers disembarked. https://t.co/7XJ4kK3Lw0— euronews (@euronews) August 1, 2020
Initial reports on Friday indicated that four crewmembers had contracted coronavirus during a recent sailing aboard the MS Roald Amundsen cruise ship. Since the initial report, a total of 36 crew members have reportedly tested positive for coronavirus as well as four guests.
As a result of the outbreak authorities have placed the MS Roald Amundsen on lockdown in the Norwegian city of Tromso per protocol.
The MS Roald Amundsen is a 535-passenger vessel owned by cruise company Hurtigruten. The ship had sailed two previous voyages on which passengers may have been exposed to coronavirus: a July 17 voyage carrying 209 passengers and a July 24 voyage carrying 178 passengers. Authorities are attempting to locate these previous passengers and test them for the virus.
Hurtigruten's VP of Global Communications said in a statement that the company is working closely with Norwegian officials and focusing all available efforts on taking care of crew members and guests.