More than 1800 passengers and crew are being tested for Coronavirus onboard a Dream Cruises ship in Hong Kong today, February 5, after some crew members reported fever. MS World Dream docked in Hong Kong after 3 former passengers were found to have had the deadly Coronavirus.
The vessel was denied entry to Port Kaohsiung (Taiwan) on February 4 and is currently being held in quarantine while everyone onboard is tested. Pictures showed a man being moved off the liner and ambulanced by health workers in blue protective suits.
Hong Kong tightened its quarantine measures, saying that "all arrivals from mainland China will face a mandatory 2-week lockdown." Hong Kong's chief executive Carrie Lam resisted pressure to seal the border completely but announced that today's move had been a 'harsh' measure to reduce arrivals.
World Dream's quarantine is the latest coronavirus lockdown onboard a cruise ship after 3711 people were left stranded on Diamond Princess in Japan.
3 people from mainland China who had been onboard World Dream between January 19-24 were found to have had the virus, the health department of Hong Kong said. Most of the remaining cruise passengers are from Hong Kong. Dream Cruises announced the 3 'confirmed' patients had left the vessel in Port Nansha (Guangzhou) on January 24.
For other World Dream accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.
For Coronavirus updates on cruise ship quarantines (infected passengers and crew) and top-pandemic countries (COVID-19 cases and deaths, daily updated statistics) see at CruiseMapper's Norovirus page.