Coronavirus: Tourists quarantined on cruise ship Aidamira off South Africa

People wait around on the AIDAmira, an Italian registered cruise ship carrying mostly German passengers, as the ship is docked in Cape Town harbour, and is being quarantined due to several suspected COVID-19 cases on board, on March 18, 2020, in Cape Town.Image copyright AFP
Image caption The vacationers are considered primarily from Germany and Austria

South Africa is holding greater than 1,700 folks on a cruise liner and a cargo vessel off the coast of Cape Town due to coronavirus.

A crew member of cargo ship MV Corona is suspected to have the virus.

He had been on a flight with six different folks, who then boarded Italian-flagged cruise liner MV Aidamira.

South Africa has 116 circumstances of coronavirus and President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a state of catastrophe, limiting journey.

Nearly half – 35 out of 72 – of South Africa’s land border crossings have been closed on Monday, together with two of its eight sea ports.

The MV Aidamira, with 1,240 passengers and 486 crew on board, had returned to Cape Town from Namibia’s Walvis Bay.

The ship is especially carrying German and Austrian nationals, although different nationalities are additionally considered on board, stories the BBC’s Pumza Fihlani from South Africa.

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Health authorities say they’re awaiting coronavirus take a look at outcomes from six folks on the cruise liner.

“We are prioritising the testing,” well being ministry spokesman Popo Maja advised the BBC.

None of the passengers or crew on the cruise liner are reported to be displaying signs of coronavirus, based on a spokesman for the corporate.

The MV Corona left Cape Town on 11 March however the ship’s grasp requested to return after the affected person began to point out signs of the virus, information company Reuters stories.

The crew member has since been positioned in isolation on-board the MV Corona, together with one other crew member who was on the identical flight from Turkey.

Authorities are engaged on tracing all of the folks the suspected circumstances got here into contact with.

Meanwhile, all colleges in South Africa have closed from Wednesday.

Foreigners travelling from badly affected international locations are additionally barred from entry into the nation.

The concern is that the virus might unfold quick in poor, crowded neighbourhoods.

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