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Cruise passengers land after two weeks of virus fears

Passengers on a cruise ship that was turned away from ports around Asia over fears they could be carrying the new coronavirus finally began disembarking in Cambodia on Friday. Cambodia’s strongman premier Hun Sen welcomed around 100 tourists who were handed flowers as they stepped ashore after an uncertain two weeks at sea. The Westerdam […] The post Cruise passengers land after two weeks of virus fears appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneFeb 14th, 2020

500 Pinoys stranded in California over virus fears

At least 500 Filipino crew members were among the thousands stranded on a cruise ship off the California coast over fears of the new coronavirus after passengers and crew members on board developed symptoms......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 6th, 2020

Two former Japan cruise ship passengers die – media

TOKYO: Two former passengers of the coronavirus-wracked Diamond Princess have died, local media reported on Thursday, as fears mount about those who have left the ship after testing negative for the virus. A man and a woman in their 80s who had been infected have died, public broadcaster NHK and others reported, which would be […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2020

Elated passengers leave Cambodia cruise ship after virus all-clear

SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia – Dozens of passengers stuck for nearly a week on a US cruise ship in Cambodia disembarked Wednesday, February 19, after being given the all-clear from a deadly coronavirus. The Westerdam made shore in Sihanoukville on February 13 after being rejected by 5 countries over fears its passengers ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2020

Cruise passengers scatter, take Cambodia bus tours despite virus fears

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – A scramble intensified Monday, February 17, to trace passengers from a US cruise liner allowed to disembark  in Cambodia despite at least one traveler later being diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus.  There are fears scores of cruise goers have been scattered across the world without ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2020

Malaysia insists virus diagnosis from cruise passenger is correct

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysia insisted Sunday, February 16, it had correctly diagnosed coronavirus in an elderly American woman from the Westerdam cruise ship despite all passengers having been given a clean bill of health when they disembarked in Cambodia. The vessel was at sea for two weeks and barred ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2020

Virus-stricken ship sued

PARIS, France (AFP) — Around 850 French passengers who were onboard a coronavirus-riddled cruise ship that was turned away from numerous ports in March have filed a collective suit in Paris with 180 complaints, including manslaughter, against Costa Cruises, their lawyer said Sunday. The class action, which includes complaints from the families of three passengers […] The post Virus-stricken ship sued appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 10th, 2020

WHO warns of drawn out pandemic as South Africa cases top 500,000

The UN health agency warned that the coronavirus pandemic would be lengthy and could lead to “response fatigue”, as the case count in South Africa topped half a million. Although many Latin American countries have begun relaxing stay-at-home measures, the virus is still spreading quickly across much of the region Six months after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency, the novel coronavirus has killed more than 680,000 people and infected more than 17.5 million, according to an AFP tally. South Africa is by far the hardest hit country in Africa, accounting for more than half of diagnosed infections, although President Cyril Ramaphosa said the fatality rate is lower than the global average. Health authorities had been expecting a surge in cases after the gradual loosening of a strict lockdown that was imposed at the end of March. Nigeria on Saturday also announced it would ease a lockdown in the commercial capital Lagos, allowing churches and mosques to reopen next week.  An emergency WHO committee reviewing the pandemic “highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this COVID-19 outbreak, noting the importance of sustained community, national, regional, and global response efforts”. “WHO continues to assess the global risk level of COVID-19 to be very high,” it said in its latest statement. The agency also said the effects of the pandemic “will be felt for decades to come”. Mexico overtook Britain to become the third hardest hit country in virus deaths — after Brazil and the United States — with more than 46,600 fatal cases. Although many Latin American countries have begun relaxing stay-at-home measures, the virus is still spreading quickly across much of the region, which has now recorded more than four million cases and almost 200,000 deaths. Half of them are in Brazil, where President Jair Bolsonaro said he believes “nearly everyone” will catch the virus eventually, after himself recovering from it. The US, the hardest-hit country in the world, has now tallied more than 4.6 million cases and 154,319 deaths. Vaccine race The outlook was bleak in Asia as well, where India and the Philippines reported record increases in new daily infections. “We are waging a losing battle against COVID-19, and we need to draw up a consolidated, definitive plan of action,” said an open letter signed by 80 Filipino medical associations. Japan’s Okinawa declared a state of emergency after a record jump in cases on the islands — many linked to US military forces stationed there. The pandemic has spurred a race for a vaccine with several Chinese companies at the forefront, while Russia has set a target date of September to roll out its own medicine. However, US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said it was unlikely his country would use any vaccine developed in either nation. “I do hope that the Chinese and the Russians are actually testing the vaccine before they are administering the vaccine to anyone,” he said. As part of its “Operation Warp Speed”, the US government will pay pharmaceutical giants Sanofi and GSK up to $2.1 billion for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, the companies said. ‘Day of freedom’ France, Spain, Portugal and Italy all reported huge contractions in their economies for the April-June quarter, while Europe as a whole saw gross domestic product fall by 12.1 percent.  Daily case numbers in Switzerland have crept up again in recent weeks, while Norway recorded its first virus death in two weeks. At least 36 crew members confined to a Norwegian cruise ship have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the operator Hurtigruten said on Saturday.  Despite the resurgence in cases, there have been demonstrations in Europe against the curbs.  Thousands protested in Berlin on Saturday urging “a day of freedom” from the restrictions, with some demonstrators dubbing the pandemic “the biggest conspiracy theory”. In South Korea, the elderly leader of a secretive sect at the centre of the country’s early coronavirus outbreak was arrested for allegedly hindering the government’s effort to contain the epidemic. People linked to Lee Man-hee’s Shincheonji Church of Jesus accounted for more than half of the South’s coronavirus cases in February and March, but the country has since appeared to have brought the virus under control. The pandemic has also continued to cause mayhem in the travel and tourism sectors, with more airlines announcing mass job cuts. Latin America’s biggest airline, the Brazilian-Chilean group LATAM, said it would lay off least 2,700 crew, and British Airways pilots overwhelmingly voted to accept a deal cutting wages by 20 percent, with 270 jobs lost......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Virus Outbreak- Duterte orders his government to aid stranded workers

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has given his government a week to process about 24,000 repatriated Filipino workers stuck for weeks on cruise ships or in COVID-19 quarantine, so they can finally.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 26th, 2020

Virus cases on docked Japan cruise ship near 150

TOKYO, Japan – Almost a quarter of the 623 crew members on a cruise ship docked in western Japan have tested positive for the coronavirus, an official said Saturday, April 25. The Italy-flagged Costa Atlantica has no passengers aboard and arrived in the southern port of Nagasaki for repairs in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 25th, 2020

Passengers from virus-hit ships start leaving Florida

Passengers from a virus-hit cruise ship and its sister vessel, also struck with a handful of cases, started heading home Friday from Florida, after being stranded at sea for days. The Zaandam, operated by Holland America Line, began its stranger-than-fiction journey on March 7 in Buenos Aires—before international restrictions to curb the spread of the […] The post Passengers from virus-hit ships start leaving Florida appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 4th, 2020

US puts federal prisons on lockdown over virus fears

The US confined all its federal inmates, nearly 170,000 people, to their cells and wards Wednesday for at least two weeks to prevent an outbreak of new coronavirus, an especially dire concern in the country with the world’s largest prison population. At least two inmates have died of the COVID-19 illness so far in one […] The post US puts federal prisons on lockdown over virus fears appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 1st, 2020

U.S. working on plan to allow virus-hit ship to dock

FORT LAUDERDALE, USA – US authorities were finalizing a plan on Tuesday, March 31, to allow a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship, the Zaandam, to dock in Florida after its operator warned that more passengers may die if it is left out at sea. "Already 4 guests have passed away and I fear ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 1st, 2020

Cruise liner seeks port for virus ship

Passengers on a virus-stricken cruise liner entered the Panama Canal in Central America Sunday after they were told the company was still searching for a port which will allow them to disembark, even as they pleaded for help......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 30th, 2020

Virus ship still searching for port, 4 passengers dead

PANAMA CITY, Panama – Passengers on a virus-stricken cruise liner stranded off Panama in Central America were told Sunday, March 29, the company was still searching for a port which will allow them to disembark, even as they pleaded for help. The admission by Holland America Line President Orlando ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 30th, 2020

444 Pinoy crew, passengers of virus-hit ship arrive today

A total of 444 Filipinos on the coronavirus-hit MV Grand Princess cruise ship docked in the Port of Oakland in California were cleared by United States health authorities of coronavirus disease 2019 and were repatriated yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 16th, 2020

Filipinos from virus-hit Grand Princess cruise ship to come home

The chartered plane carrying the 438 crew members and six passengers of the cruise ship departed San Francisco around 9 p.m. (Pacific time), the Department of Foreign Affairs said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 15th, 2020

Singapore to allow ship barred by Malaysia and Thailand to dock

SINGAPORE: Singapore will allow a cruise ship carrying about 2,000 people to dock after it was barred by Malaysia and Thailand over coronavirus fears, officials said on Monday. The Costa Fortuna was turned away from the Thai holiday island of Phuket and the Malaysian state of Penang in recent days, despite having no suspected virus […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 9th, 2020

US virus cases pass 500

The number of US coronavirus cases soared past 500 Sunday, including two further deaths, as California braced for the arrival of infected cruise ship passengers and saw a major tennis event canceled. The surge came as President Donald Trump defended his administration’s “perfectly coordinated” response to the epidemic, after heavy criticism over health cuts and […] The post US virus cases pass 500 appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 9th, 2020

India denies entry to cruise ships on virus fears

India has banned all foreign cruise ships from its ports because of the coronavirus, with one European vessel turned away from Mangalore in the south at the weekend, officials said Monday. Cruise ships are seen as fertile breeding ground for the deadly virus, with more than 700 cases and six linked deaths from the Diamond […] The post India denies entry to cruise ships on virus fears appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 9th, 2020

Malaysia, Thailand bar cruise ship over virus fears

The Costa Fortuna was first turned away from the popular Thai holiday island of Phuket Friday, despite there being no suspected virus cases aboard, according to its operator. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 8th, 2020