February 14, 2020

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Vietnam turns two cruise ships on coronavirus fears

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam denied two dock cruise ship permits due to fear of coronary virus infections on board, reported Vietnam state media and cruise operator Friday.

One of the ships was now heading to Thailand, where a dock was allowed, a Thai official said.

Authorities said Vietnam News (VNA) authorities in the province of Quang Ninh Vietnam – containing passengers under UNESCO Ha Long Bay's global heritage – passengers are barred on the German-owned AIDAvita cruise ship to land on Thursday.

“The vessel has fallen into the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore, which have reported all coronary virus cases,” said VNA.

“Without giving AIDAvita passengers a temporary solution to disembark, it is just a disease disruption,” said VNA that a local official was saying.

AIDA Cruises, the owner of AIDAvita, did not respond to requests for comments. AIDA Cruises is a subsidiary of Carnival Corp based in Miami.

The cruise liner left the port of Coron in the Philippines on February 10 which was connected to Vietnam across the South China Sea, according to data on the Marine Ship tracking website.

It was planned to visit Ha Long Bay Saturday and then proceed to Vietnamese Da Nang ports, Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City from February 16-20, according to CruiseMapper website.

As of Friday afternoon, the AIDAvita was 176 km (109 miles) south of Thailand's Bangkok capital, according to Marine Traffic.

He will dock at Laem Chabang on Friday night and health officials will board on Saturday morning to examine passengers before they allow them to land, a spokesman from the Thai Department of Thailand said.

VIETNAM RE UNREASONABLE ’

The concern about excavations in countries that allow dock cruise ships is the quarantine in Japan is the Diamond Princess, which is managed by a Carnival Corp. unit. Of the 3,700 passengers and crew on that vessel, 218 have tested positive for the virus anchoring in Yokohama port.

Passengers on another Carnival cruise ship, the MS Westerdam, spent two weeks at sea after five countries were turned away, including Thailand, for fear of coronavirus, before they arrived in Cambodia. Friday.

The Norwegian Jade, operated by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, was also refused a dock in Vietnam.

“Due to growing concerns about coronary virus in Asia, the ports we have planned to visit in Vietnam are no longer open to cruise ships,” said Norway Cruise Line.

The ship had no case of the virus, its captain Frank Juliussen said in a letter to passengers.

“There are no illnesses on board the ship and there are no guests or crew members on the ship who have Chinese, Macau or Hong Kong passports or who have visited or passed through any of these areas,” read the letter.

“However, the port has proved to be unreasonable during this process and has recently informed us that they are denying our emerging calls, despite the actions we have taken to meet our needs. on their new protocol, ”said Juliussen, according to a copy of the letter sent by a passenger on Twitter.

He did not know what port he was referring to.

FÓN FILE: Women sit in a street as they wear masks in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam 13 February, 2020. REUTERS / Yen Duong

Vietnam port authorities refused to comment and transmitted calls from Reuters to local officials. These telephone calls were not answered.

On Friday afternoon, the Norwegian Jade was heading to the port of Laem Chabang in Thailand, according to data on the Marine Traffic Ship tracking website. The Maritime Department of Thailand did not name Norwegian Jade as a ship.

The coronary virus killed more than 1,380 people, almost everyone in China where the outbreak came, with one in Hong Kong, the Philippines and Japan.

Reporting by Khanh Vu and James Pearson in Hanoi, Chayut Setboonsarng in Bangkok; Edited by Angus MacSwan

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