At least 33 crew members of a ship belonging to the Norwegian shipping company Hurtigruten have been infected with the novel corona virus. 120 of the 158 crew members on board the “MS Roald Amundsen” were tested negative for the virus, the shipping company said on Saturday. The test had to be repeated for five people. The almost 180 passengers had already left the expedition ship on Friday.
Four crew members had already tested positive for the novel corona virus on Friday. They have now been taken to a hospital.
As the Hurtigruten said, the four crew members had previously been isolated on the ship for several days because they had shown symptoms of the disease – but not typical of corona. “There was no reason to suspect Covid-19 when the ship landed in Tromsö,” the company said. The 154 crew members remaining on the ship therefore showed no corona symptoms.
There were no suspected corona cases among the passengers, the company said. However, 60 of the passengers disembarked on Friday were quarantined in Tromsö.
The Norwegian Institute for Public Health said that it could not be ruled out that other people would become infected. But there will only be security after all tests have been carried out. The institute recommended that all passengers be isolated until the test results were available.
Since the pandemic started, more than 9,200 corona infections have been registered in Norway. On Friday evening, the authorities reported a corona-related death for the first time in two weeks. The total number of deaths from the virus in the Scandinavian country rose to 256.
Cruise ships were one of the largest sources of infection in the first weeks of the corona pandemic. Numerous shipping companies, including the Hurtigruten, had temporarily stopped their activities in March.