43 more Coronavirus crew on cruise ship Costa Atlantica docked in Nagasaki Japan

   April 24, 2020 ,   Accidents

On April 22, Japan's Nagasaki Prefecture officials announced 33 confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases on the CSSC Carnival China-owned cruise liner Costa Atlantica. The vessel is currently docked at Koyagi Factory (MHI-Mitsubishi Nagasaki Shipyard) for repairs. Atlantica is passenger-free, carrying a total of 623 crew onboard.

However, an additional 43 crew members on the Italian cruise ship in Nagasaki, southwestern Japan, have tested positive for the virus, the Nagasaki prefectural government announced on Friday, April 24, bringing the infections' total number to 91.

Testing is underway for all 623 crew members. By Thursday, 127 crew had been tested with a total of 48 proving positive. On Friday, the prefecture revealed the number of tests had increased to 208, with 164 proving negative and 1 requiring retesting.

One of the crew members has been hospitalized at a designated medical facility in the port city due to severe symptoms. The other 622 have stayed onboard. 

According to Health, Labor, and Welfare Minister Katsunobu Kato, the Japanese government was preparing to send crew who had tested negative to their home countries.

For other Costa Atlantica 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.