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3000 Cruise Passengers Quarantined after one infected
3000 Cruise Passengers Quarantined after one infected. A passenger on the Royal Caribbean International Cruise Ship Quantum of the Seas was infected, and the cruise ship returned to Singapore earlier today. The Ministry of Health of Star State said that this passenger will be tested again and all other passengers will be tested before leaving the Marina Bay Cruise Center.
The Ministry of Health issued a press release in the afternoon stating that an 83-year-old Singapore citizen was immediately quarantined after testing positive for the virus on board the Quantum of the Seas this morning. The male passenger went to the cruise ship’s medical center for diarrhea for medical treatment, and then underwent a nucleic acid test (PCR) using the ship’s machine in accordance with the ship’s safety guidelines.
However, the Ministry of Health said that the man’s sample will be sent to the National Public Health Laboratory for re-testing, and another sample will be collected for confirmation testing. If further tests are positive, the passenger will be listed as a new case in Singapore.
The Ministry of Health stated that the relevant epidemic investigation and contact tracing are still ongoing. People who have been in close contact with the confirmed person have been quarantined, and the test results obtained so far are all negative.
Until the completion of contact tracing work, the remaining passengers and staff will continue to stay on board. All passengers must be screened for the virus before being allowed to leave the Marina Bay Cruise Center.
Star Media reported that after a passenger on the Quantum Ocean was diagnosed with the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19, commonly known as Wuhan pneumonia), the original 4-day itinerary returned one day earlier. The cruise ship returned to Singapore this morning with 1,680 passengers and 1,148 crew on board.
The Quantum Ocean is currently parked at the Marina Bay Cruise Center.
In addition, the Ministry of Health of Singapore announced today that there have been 6 new cases of overseas immigration in the country, and no local infection cases have occurred. A total of 58,291 people were diagnosed nationwide, of which 29 died.