More than 600 cruise passengers disembarked from Costa Fortuna in 3 hours, as of noon on Tuesday, March 10, after Malaysia and Thailand didn't allow the Costa ship (carrying ~2000 people) from docking because of Coronavirus concerns. All people onboard have been found to be well.
Passengers who have been to regions hard hit by Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past 14 days have been individually screened by doctors, and are all certified fit to travel, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Ministry of Health (MOH), and Singapore Tourism Board (STB) announced on Tuesday.
The passengers with recent travel history to affected areas will later be taken directly to the airport for their flights.
The MPA, MOH, and STB also said that Fortuna had submitted her maritime declaration of health at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, during which she declared that none of her passengers and crew were feverish or had symptoms of respiratory illness.
The penalty for a false declaration includes up to 6 months' jail.
Almost all foreign passengers will depart Singapore within the next 2 days.
Over the past couple of weeks, Singapore has handled more than ten scheduled calls by cruise ships and disembarked more than 5,000 passengers. Singapore is the homeport for Costa Fortuna and has received the vessel 16 times since December 2019.
Costa Cruises said on Monday that it will cancel the next voyage of Costa Fortuna, scheduled to depart on Tuesday from Singapore.
For other Costa Fortuna 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.