Thailand Stops Holland America Cruise Ship Entry Fearing Coronavirus

Thailand’s health minister on Tuesday barred all the passengers of MS Westerdam, Holland America’s cruise ship from leaving the ship. Despite no reports on coronavirus infection on board, Thailand is the latest country to turn away due to the virus fear.

As per the Marine Traffic ship tracking website data, the Netherland flagged ship was sailing west off the Vietnam southern coast on Tuesday. 1455 passengers along with 805 crew members are on board.

Miami-based Carnival Corp (CCLN) owns the Holland America cruise ship. It adds that on Feb 13, all passengers can leave the ship in Bangkok. They add that there is no reason to stop passengers from leaving the ship as no one is infected on the board.

The company in a statement also praised their passengers for cooperating with the authorities.

However, some passengers express their anger when they learn about Thailand not allowing the ship to dock in its port.

Thailand’s Deputy Transport Minister Talks About the Issue

Atirat Ratanasate, Thailand’s Deputy Transport Minister also spoke on this issue through a Facebook post. He adds the ship cannot leave the dock, Thailand to provide fuel, medicines and food to the ship.

Many ports like Japan, Taiwan, Guam and the Philippines turned away MS Westerdam fearing the virus. Following which, WHO adds that authorities to conduct a thorough test to clear if any passenger infects. Only after that, the passengers can leave the ship on Feb 13.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, another cruise ship, the Diamond Princess evacuates in the Japanese port of Yokohama. There were 3700 passengers on board along with 1000 crew members. The authorities during there test detected 135 passengers infected with the coronavirus.

The epidemic outbreak has also lead to travel ban in more than 24 countries, with flights and trains restrictions imposed. The virus has caused havoc in the entire world. Due to which WHO head announced the epidemic as ‘Public Enemy Number 1’.


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