rldt1n5k_silver-spirit-twitter_625x300_03_March_20 Myanmar Turns Away Ship With Over 400 Onboard Amid Coronavirus Concern

The Silver Spirit final docked on the Thai island of Phuket


Myanmar stopped a cruise boat carrying a whole bunch of vacationers from docking within the nation, a senior tourism official mentioned on Tuesday, citing fears passengers might be carrying the coronavirus.

The Silver Spirit, a luxurious liner operated by Monaco-based Silversea Cruises, final docked on the Thai island of Phuket and was scheduled to cease at Thilawa, outdoors Myanmar’s business capital of Yangon on Wednesday.

“We’ve knowledgeable the port authorities that the entry of this ship shouldn’t be allowed,” Khin Maung Soe, deputy everlasting secretary of the Ministry of Motels and Tourism mentioned.

He mentioned he didn’t know whether or not any of the passengers had been displaying signs of coronavirus.

“Even when passengers have not proven the signs up to now, they may once they arrive in Myanmar and will probably be tough for the nation to manage,” he mentioned.

“If issues worsen, our individuals may get affected.”

An announcement by the Ministry of Well being and Sports activities revealed on Fb mentioned the ship shouldn’t be allowed to enter as a result of it had docked in nations with a excessive variety of instances of the virus, together with Thailand which has 43.

The boat has greater than 400 passengers on board, a ministry spokesman mentioned. It was not instantly clear the place the ship would go subsequent.

Myanmar borders China, the place the virus first broke out late final 12 months within the central metropolis of Wuhan earlier than spreading quickly, however has reported no confirmed instances up to now, although a number of individuals have been quarantined in a Yangon hospital.

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The federal government has urged residents to keep away from public gatherings and the nation’s navy cancelled its annual parade scheduled for late March, citing the virus.

Whereas the outbreak seems to be easing in China, it has surged elsewhere and nations aside from China now account for about three-quarters of latest infections.

Japan on Monday confirmed no less than 19 new coronavirus instances, bringing the variety of infections within the nation to 980, together with passengers who had been contaminated on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship.

Final month, a cruise ship arrived within the Cambodian port of Sihanoukville having been turned away at 5 different ports after leaving Hong Kong.

Silversea Cruises in owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

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