At least thirty-three crew members confined to a boat from the Norwegian company Hurtigruten, a specialist in expedition cruises, have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the company announced on Saturday in a press release.
Of the 158 members present on board the MS Roald Amundsen, “33 have tested positive for Covid-19, while 120 have tested negative,” Hurtigruten explained. Five people must be tested again. On Friday, four of the ship’s personnel had already tested positive for the virus and have since been hospitalized. They are “foreign nationals”, according to the hospital.
No symptoms in passengers
Arrived the same morning at the port of Tromsø (north) from the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, the crew of the MS Roald Amundsen was quarantined on board the ship, after four members of the staff “were isolated several years ago. days due to other symptoms of illness, without symptoms related to Covid-19, “the company said on Friday.
“There was no reason to suspect Covid-19 when the ship docked in Tromsø due to the symptoms that (they) were exhibiting,” she continued.
The ship also had nearly 180 passengers who left on July 25. None reported symptoms related to Covid-19 during the trip according to the company. All were disembarked on their arrival on Friday but around sixty of them have since been quarantined in Tromsø, the company said on Saturday.
Quarantine recommended for all passengers
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health does not exclude the discovery of new cases, “but we will not have the answer until the tests are carried out,” said an official of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, which recommends to all passengers being quarantined pending their results.
Friday, the Nordic country had 9,208 confirmed cases of infections to the new coronavirus. One person died from the virus on Friday evening, bringing the death toll to 256. This is the first death linked to Covid-19 recorded in the kingdom for two weeks.
The disaster-stricken cruise sector had to give up a large part of its activity. Several liners from different shipowners were stranded in April and May for suspected or proven cases of coronavirus contamination.