OSLO—Four crew members on a Norwegian cruise vessel have been recognized with COVID-19 after it arrived on the Arctic port of Tromsoe early on Friday, stated the College Hospital of North Norway where they're being handled.
All 160 crew members on the Roald Amundsen have been quarantined on the ship, whereas the 177 passengers—all of whom have already disembarked—are being contacted by phone and are being informed to self-isolate, operator Hurtigruten stated.
“By the point we have been notified, the passengers had left the ship,” Tromsoe municipality chief physician Kathrine Kristoffersen advised a news convention. “All passengers will, in the intervening time, be requested to quarantine.”
The 4 sufferers have been all overseas citizens, the hospital stated, whereas declining to elaborate on their state of health or nationality.
Through the cruise, passengers have been incessantly instructed to socially distance so as to scale back the danger of illness, stated one passenger, Line Miriam Haugan, a former junior minister at Norway’s Ministry of Well being.
“The crew observed us washing our palms and in addition took our temperatures,” Haugan advised Reuters.
“Once I discovered of the outbreak, I immediately went for a check and will quarantine a minimum of till I get the end result,” she added.
The ship’s operator and proprietor, Hurtigruten, which in March suspended most operations because of the pandemic, announced on July 7 it might steadily return all but two of its 16 vessels to service by the top of September, albeit with lowered capacity.
The Roald Amundsen had been on a week-long journey from Tromsoe to the Svalbard archipelago, half-way between Europe and the North Pole, and is scheduled to sail around the British Isles in September, docking at ports in England and Scotland.
In the early part of the pandemic, hundreds of passengers have been stranded on cruise vessels in the waters of Asia, the USA and elsewhere, main operators to cancel journeys and triggering mass layoffs by the business.
By Terje Solsvik