Cruise ship rejected by four nations over coronavirus fears
The Holland America Line cruise was rejected by Thailand on Monday, the fourth country to turn it away from its ports due to coronavirus contagion fears.
This has raised concerns for the almost 2,500 passengers on board which are desperate to disembark after almost two weeks at sea.
There are concerns that some of the guests onboard the cruiseliner could be infected with the new coronavirus.
The Westerdam cruise owned by Carnival and operated by Holland America Line has so far been rejected by Thailand, Guam, Manila and Yokohama.
The refusal and quarantine of cruise ships are the latest efforts by governments around the world seeking to contain the outbreak.
Carnival’s Diamond Princess and its 3,700 passengers are quarantined in the port of Yokohama as authorities battle an increasing number of infections on board.
“We are actively working this matter and will provide an update when we are able,” Holland America Line said in a statement, adding it’s aware of the reports about Thailand’s refusal. “We know this is confusing for our guests and their families and we greatly appreciate their patience.
Holland America Line said that the vessel is not in quarantine and that it has no reason to believe that there are any cases of coronavirus onboard.