Two Maltese on cruise ship stuck in Cambodia over coronavirus fears

The MS Westerdam cruise ship docks near a sea port in Preah Sihanouk province, Cambodia, 13 February 2020. EPA-EFE/MAK REMISSA

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The Cambodian government allowed the MS Westerdam cruise ship, with about 2,000 passengers and crew aboard, to dock at Preah Sihanouk port, according to local media reports.

The cruise ship was denied port by four countries over unsubstantiated reports that people infected with covid-19, or coronavirus, were onboard.

Two Maltese citizens are aboard a cruise ship which has been denied entry into five countries due to novel coronavirus fears, the Foreign Affairs Ministry has confirmed.

The two Maltese, understood to be a couple, are stuck aboard the MV Westerdam, which has been refused entry by several countries in Asia amid fears of an outbreak of the contagious virus.

There is no indication that any passenger aboard the ship has contracted COVID-19 – the name health professionals have chosen for the novel coronavirus.

The Times of Malta reports that a Foreign Affairs ministry spokesman said that it was in touch with relatives of the Maltese passengers aboard the MV Westerdam. The passengers are understood to be safe and in good health.



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