Authorities prevented a cruise ship in Hong Kong from departing the city’s terminal on Thursday as a crew member was suspected to be COVID positive.
The Spectrum of the Seas ship had been scheduled to start a “cruise to nowhere” journey in the nearby waters, only for completely vaccinated guests. It was also restricted to half capacity and for those who tested negative for COVID-19 48 hours before the trip commenced.
About 1,000 out of 1,200 passengers had boarded the vessel before the four-night trip got canceled. All are supposed to undergo testing. However, they were permitted to leave the ship as none came in direct contact with the infected individual.
Royal Caribbean in its statement on Facebook has declared publicly that during a routine test on crew members, they were able to identify a crew member who had tested indeterminate for Covid-19. Via secondary sample testing for the same, the result came positive.
In July, the same 40-year-old seaman had tested positive in Malaysia and tested negative for over 10 times since he returned to Hong Kong in August. He has also completed the Covid-19 vaccination with China’s Sinovac.
The Centre for Health Protection has reported that the latest sample had been collected on 19 October and had a significantly low viral. It also added that he was asymptomatic; hence, the decision to hold the ship seemed to be “a prudent measure”.
Chinese-ruled Hong Kong has maintained the most stringent restrictions and is virtually free of COVID-19. The city has reported just a little above 12,300 cases since the beginning of the ongoing pandemic. Of these, most were imported cases. The death count was 213.