Cruise ship owner denies reports of coronavirus scare

Elias Hubbard
February 14, 2020

A passenger on board a cruise ship that docked in Sydney harbour Friday morning has reportedly been taken for testing for a possible case of novel coronavirus.

The newspaper The Australian says the Norwegian Jewel is in lockdown while New South Wales Health tests a Singaporean passenger who fell ill with respiratory illness.

"There is absolutely no truth to this", a spokesperson for Norwegian Cruise Line, which operates the Norwegian Jewel ships, told SBS News.

The cruise ship arrived in Sydney from Auckland on Friday morning, docking at the worldwide passenger terminal at Circular Quay.

The man is being tested as a precaution.

But they said no-one on board has any respiratory illness.

"To mitigate any impact of this rare occurrence, we implemented stringent sanitation procedures. The vessel remains in operation and all guests on board are in good health".

Reports suggesting a coronavirus scare were false and inflammatory, the company said.

The ship had also visited Auckland, Tauranga, Gisborne, Wellington and Akaroa.

A man is being tested for coronavirus on Norwegian Jewel, a cruise ship that travels to New Zealand.

The 294-metre ship has a guest capacity of 2376 people and 1060 crew.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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