Nearly 800 Cruise Passengers Coronavirus-Free, Health Ministry Says

Nearly 800 passengers of a cruise ship that docked in Cambodia after other countries turned it away over coronavirus fears have tested negative for the virus, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

The last 233 passengers on the Holland America Line’s Westerdam departed the ship and traveled to Phnom Penh, from where they would continue their journey home, the Transport Ministry said in a Facebook post.

The Westerdam made international headlines this month after several Asian nations denied it access to their ports due to concerns that people aboard could be infected with Covid-19. The new viral strain has infected some 75,000 people in nearly 30 nations, and killed almost 2,000 people in China, where it was first detected in late December.

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