The cruiseferry Eleftherios Venizelos (carrying 119 confirmed Coronavirus cases) docked at Port Piraeus (Athens Greece), as the government of Greece started on Friday, April 3, the debarkation of 261 passengers tested negative for COVID-19. The 119 infected will be quarantined on the ship for 14 days.
Eleftherios Venizelos has been anchored outside Port Piraeus since March 22, being barred from docking as part of measures to restrict the virus' spread. A few days ago, 2 people onboard tested positive and were hospitalized ashore.
Those who tested negative were taken to hotels for a precautionary quarantine, in accordance with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) protocol, and will be repatriated afterwards.
According to Nikos Hardalias, Deputy Minister for Civil Protection and Crises Management at the Ministry of Citizen Protection, all those infected were in good condition. He added he wanted to make clear that there was no problem and that most of them had no symptoms.
People who will remain onboard will be provided full healthcare.
The National Public Health Organization (EODY) will be operating a special helpline for psychological support as long as people stay onboard.