Vietnamese authorities denied permission to disembark in one of its ports a German cruise ship with more than a thousand passengers on board as a precaution against the Covid-19 coronavirus, official media reported on Friday.
“The authorities of (the province of) Quang Ninh have good reasons to make this decision, since it is necessary to impose drastic measures of prevention against Covid-19 in order to prevent the disease from spreading through the province,” explained the official news agency Vietnam News Agency (VNA), although it did not report that there were any sick patients on board.
The route of the yacht “AIDIvita” – from the German company AIDA Cruises and which had previously made stops in the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore – included a landing on Thursday in Ha Long Bay, known tourist destination of northern Vietnam, and in others ports of the country, but now the boat is sailing in the Gulf of Thailand.
Another cruise, the “Westerdam”, of the Holland America Line shipping company, landed today in the Cambodian port of Sihanoukville after having been denied landing in previous days by Taiwan, the Philippines, Guam and Thailand for fear of the coronavirus, although not no case of Covid-19 would have been detected on board.
The fear of cruises in Asia is caused by the case of the “Diamond Princess”, a vessel with some 3,700 people, including passengers and crew, in which at least 200 cases of Covid-19 were detected and that it has been quarantined in the Japanese port of Yokohama since last February 3.