Vietnam turns away cruise ship over coronavirus fears

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Vietnam turns away cruise ship over coronavirus fears

Vietnam has turned away a German owned cruise ship with more than 1,000 passengers on board over fears of coronavirus infections on board, state media reported on Friday.

Authorities in Quang Ninh province, home to the UNESCO world heritage site Ha Long Bay, decided on Tuesday not to allow passengers of the ship AIDAvita to disembark on Thursday, the official Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

“The vessel has docked in the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore, which have all reported coronavirus cases,’’ VNA said.

“Not allowing AIDIvita’s passengers to disembark is just a temporary solution to prevent the intrusion of diseases,’’ VNA cited a local official as saying.

Germany’s AIDA Cruises, the owner of the AIDAvita, did not immediately respond to requests for comment, AIDA Cruises is a subsidiary of Miami-based Carnival Corp.

The cruise liner left the Philippines port of Coron on Feb. 10 bound for Vietnam…



Source: News Agency of Nigeria