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MS Westerdam Refused Entry to Malaysia

By ,   February 17, 2020 ,   Accidents

Malaysia barred the entry of remaining passengers from a Holland America cruise ship docked in Cambodia after an 83-year-old American traveller tested positive for the coronavirus upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur.

Confirming media reports, Ong Kian Ming, Malaysia’s deputy minister for international trade and industry, said that his country would stop other people who wanted to come to Malaysia from the cruise ship "for now.”

The American woman, who arrived in Malaysia from Cambodia last week, was the first from MS Westerdam to test positive for COVID-19. She and her husband had flu-like symptoms while going through the thermal scanner at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Her husband tested negative for the coronavirus, the reports said.

ms Westerdam cruise ship

The cruise ship, which carried 802 crew members and 1,455 guests departed from Hong Kong on February 1. MS Westerdam arrived in Cambodia on Thursday, February 13, after being turned away by several countries that were afraid passengers might be infected.

Malaysia is closing its ports to cruise ships originating from/had transited in China. The country has confirmed a total of 22 cases of COVID-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

For other MS Westerdam 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.