A cruise ship has been refused entry into the Dominican Republic due to fears that a person onboard could be infected with the coronavirus, officials said.
The captain of the Braemar said the vessel is carrying at least 8 passengers who were being monitored for symptoms such as fever, coughing, and breathing difficulty, according to the Public Health Ministry of the Dominican Republic.
The sick passengers were: two Americans, two Britons, and four Filipinos.
There were “a small number of influenza-like cases on board,” according to the cruise line, who claimed the denial of entry was an “overreaction by the Dominican Republic.”
“Our medical team has now advised that they are all feeling better,” read a statement from Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, in reference to the passengers.
“No guests or crew are, or have been, displaying symptoms that are considered to be consistent with those of Coronavirus.”
The ship is carrying 1,128 passengers and 384 crew members.
The cruise line said it was “awaiting advice on the next steps.”
The action in the Dominican Republic took place as another vessel was denied entry off at the Mexican island of Cozumel.
In Japan, the Diamond Princess cruise ship was quarantined for two weeks. Four of its passengers have died of the illness after the virus spread to hundreds of people.
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