5000+ Filipino cruise ship crew to be tested for Coronavirus before disembarking in Manila

   May 7, 2020 ,   Accidents

A Princess Cruises ship being investigated in Australia over Coronavirus infections entered The Philippines to repatriate its Filipino crew. The country's coast guard announced on Thursday, May 7, that the cruise ship Ruby Princess had arrived in Manila (Luzon Island, Philippines), where at least 16 other liners have converged while waiting for 5000+ Filipino crew to be tested for COVID-19 before debarkation.

Port of Manila (Luzon Island, Philippines)

According to coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo, 214 Filipino crew members on Ruby Princess would be tested but might have to wait behind those from other cruise ships.

Ruby Princess has been linked to a total of 21 deaths - 19x in Australia and 2x in the USA. The investigation is trying to determine why 2700 passengers and crew members had been allowed to disembark in Port Sydney NSW Australia on March 19 before the results of sick passengers had been known.

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.