COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The number of passengers on a cruise boat who’ve tested positive for the coronavirus has attained 43, police said Tuesday.
The outbreak around the MS Roald Amundsen raised new questions about security on cruise ships throughout the pandemic as the industry is pressing to restart sailings after closing down in March.
The boat’s owner on Monday stopped all excursions and Norway shut its ports to cruise ships for fourteen days.
The town of Trondheim reported both new instances — a guy in his 70s with mild symptoms along with also a child under age 10 without any indications — stating both were passengers on the boat. They weren’t identified.
A third passenger is going to be analyzed Tuesday, the town said. Trondheim sits around halfway into Tromsoe, north of the Arctic Circle, where the vacant boat is docked.
But because the cruise line frequently acts as a local ferry, travel from port to port along Norway’s west coast, a few passengers disembarked along the road and might have spread the virus into nearby communities.
A total of 69 municipalities in Norway might have been influenced, Norwegian news agency NTB reported Monday.
The Hurtigruten cruise line was among the first businesses to resume sailing throughout the pandemic, beginning cruises to Norway from northern Germany in June using one boat, then incorporating cruises in July into the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard which is a portion of the Nordic nation.
The cruise line said it suspended the boat and others — both the MS Fridtjof Nansen and the MS Spitsbergen — out of working for an extended period.
NTB reported that 33 of those infected team members came in the Philippines and others were from Norway, France, and Germany. The passengers were all around the world.