South Africa bans cruise shipsChristian Fernsby ▼ | March 20, 2020
South Africa banned all passenger vessels from its ports two days ago due to the coronavirus outbreak, leaving tourists on a cruise ship docked in Cape Town in limbo following tests for possible coronavirus cases on board.
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Port authorities quarantined the Italian flagged AidAmira while the six passengers were tested for coronavirus.
All those tests came back negative, South African Maritime Authority acting Chief Executive Sobantu Tilayi told a news conference.
But maritime officials were still working out how to move the passengers off the liner safely and they would not be moved on Wednesday, he added.
The new maritime regulations that came into force two days ago prohibit all embarkations and disembarkations from passenger ships at the country's eight sea ports. ■