Jamaica refuses to accept cruise ship passengers over coronavirus fears



Jamaica refuses to accept cruise ship passengers over coronavirus fears
Passengers on board MSC Meraviglia says the ship has been detained in Ocho Rios as health inspectors assess the risk hours after a hotel in Tenerife was placed on locked down

A cruise ship carrying thousands of passengers has not been allowed to enter Jamaica over coronavirus fears.

The 4,500-capacity MSC Meraviglia is heading for another port having been detained in Ocho Rios since 9am after red flags were reportedly raised by health inspectors onboard.

Reports on the ship suggest Jamaican immigration is “currently denying disembarkation” after a crew member fell ill on board. The Filipino worker is said to had been in Manila within the last few days.

It is currently waiting a mile offshore. after arriving earlier this morning from Miami.

Passengers have been seen standing on deck but there has been no confirmed cases detected with one report saying action has been taken as a precaution.Passenger Laura O’Neill said she had no idea what was going on until she read Mirror Online’s story.

She told us moments ago: “We’ve just been told that we will be departing Ocho Rios since we are not being allowed entry.

“We have received no communication as to why we are not allowed off the boat except for announcements saying that we are waiting for officials to clear us.

“This has been going on since 9am with no additional communication from anyone on board. If it wasn’t for the article, I would have no clue as to what is actually going on.”

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton told Radio Jamaica News that the Jamaican authorities had asked that the ship be kept “a mile or so offshore out of an abundance of caution”.He said he is awaiting the provision of “further and better particulars” from health officials.

The MSC Meraviglia was launched in June 2017 and sails to more than 200 destinations around the world.

Global cases of the virus have now passed 80,000, the vast majority of those in China.

Hours earlier, a hotel in Tenerife was been placed on locked down after a visiting Italian doctor and his wife tested positive.

Guests at the Costa Adeje Palace Hotel are not allowed to leave their rooms.The World Health Organization said on Monday the world should do more to prepare for a possible pandemic.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock today said he was “not planning” a trip to northern Italy as the Government defended its approach to the coronavirus outbreak.People coming back from affected areas have been told to self-isolate but the Foreign Office has not changed its travel advice, meaning flights continue to take Britons to the region.

Downing Street insisted its approach was based on medical evidence but stressed that travel advice was kept under review.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is “deeply concerned” that Iran’s government may have suppressed crucial details about the outbreak.

He said: “The United States is deeply concerned by information indicating the Iranian regime may have suppressed vital details about the outbreak in that country.

“All nations, including Iran, should tell the truth about the coronavirus and co-operate with international aid organisations.”

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  1. Nobody asking why YouTube and other platforms are censoring non-news/alternative information that mainstream information. This is a massive cover up by the NSA , China, and EU on the digital side. It's amazing nobody is streaming, uploading anything, even the ones with the virus are not speaking. Very suspicious if you ask me. Everything I see is using/quoting the official I news that's it. This is a psyOP.
    Thousands of infected , many dead no alternative information….I call BS