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At least 40 infected with coronavirus on Norway MS Roald Amundsen cruises

Christian Fernsby ▼ | August 2, 2020
At least 40 passengers and crew from a luxury cruise liner have tested positive for coronavirus from two recent Arctic voyages, public health officials in Norway said on Sunday.
MS Roald Amundsen
Arctic voyages   MS Roald Amundsen
Four crew members on the MS Roald Amundsen were hospitalised on Friday when the ship arrived at the port of Tromsoe, and later diagnosed with the respiratory illness.

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Tests showed another 32 of the 158 staff were also infected.

While the crew was quarantined on the ship, the 178 passengers who arrived on Friday were allowed to disembark before anyone had been diagnosed, triggering a complex operation to locate them in order to contain any potential spread.

So far, four of the combined 387 passengers travelling on the ship on two separate cruises since July 17 have been found to carry the virus, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI) and the Tromsoe municipality said.

Among the infected crew, 32 were from the Philippines while the rest were of Norwegian, French and German nationality, operator Hurtigruten said.

“We are working hard to contain this outbreak in order to limit the spread in the general population,” Tromsoe municipality chief doctor Kathrine Kristoffersen told a news conference.