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Costa Smeralda Quarantined in Civitavecchia After Woman Fell Ill

By ,   January 30, 2020 ,   Accidents

A Costa Cruises ship with around 7,000 people onboard is being held off the coast of Italy after a Chinese woman fell ill with a suspected coronavirus case.

Costa Smeralda is currently being held in the port of Civitavecchia, 35 mi (56 km) north of Rome after a 54-year-old female passenger from Macau came down with a fever.

The woman, who hasn't been identified, contacted medics onboard Smeralda Wednesday night to say she was suffering respiratory problems and had a temperature. 

She and her husband, who does not have symptoms, were placed in solitary confinement and tested for the coronavirus. Other passengers were barred from leaving the cruise ship until the results come back.  

Costa Smeralda cruise ship

The ship is carrying around 6,000 cruise passengers, along with 1,000 crew. Of those, 751 are thought to be from China, of which 374 embarked in Savona, Italy

Costa Smeralda had a 7-day itinerary with a number of stops scheduled in ports across the Western Mediterranean.

For other Costa Smeralda accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.