Caribbean Ports Turn Away MSC Meraviglia on Coronavirus Concerns

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Posted: February 26, 2020

FoxNews.com reports that two ports in the Caribbean denied entry to the MSC Meraviglia cruise ship on concerns that the ship may be carrying passengers sick with coronavirus.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Georgetown, Cayman Islands denied the ship permission to dock after hearing reports that a Filipino cruise ship member was ill. 

In a statement, the Cayman Islands’ health minister, Dwayne Seymour, said “In an abundance of caution, in order to provide protection to the health and safety of the residents of the Cayman Islands, the government has denied permission for the cruise ship to call on Grand Cayman as previously scheduled.”

For its part, MSC said that all passengers and crew passed health screenings before boarding the ship. 

The crew member "developed symptoms of common flu and tested positive to Type A influenza after he visited the ship’s 24/7 Medical Center while already on board. He has no other symptoms,” said the company according to FoxNews.com.

The Meraviglia is on a 15-day voyage from Miami to the Caribbean.