End of coronavirus alert on cruise ship in Athens port


Greek health officials on Tuesday put an “end to the alert” on Mein Schiff 6, the first cruise to return to Greece since being quarantined. The decision was announced after results of three tests carried out on the crew were negative.

This Maltese-flagged vessel, which operates for the German tourism giant TUI, carries 922 passengers and 666 crew. On Monday, early tests revealed that there were a dozen cases of Covid-19 among crew members.

The cruise was then placed in “state of alert” and docked at the port of Piraeus, in Athens, this Tuesday morning. There, three consecutive tests were carried out on the crew. The results of these three tests “were negative and we ended the alert,” Deputy Minister of Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias told reporters on Tuesday.

In the second, the Greek coast guard had reported that about a dozen crew members had tested positive for the disease. According to TUI, they were asymptomatic. All passengers were diagnosed as healthy after undergoing pre-boarding tests, according to a coast guard spokeswoman.

The cruise, the first to return to Greek waters since the beginning of quarantine measures in late March, docked in mid-September at the port of Heraklion in Crete, and left on Sunday afternoon for Piraeus, the port of Athens. However, he had to make a stopover on the coast of the island of Milos on Monday, after detecting the presence of coronavirus.


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