Cambodia’s Prime Minister has defended allowing a ship to dock despite confirmed coronavirus case

Passengers of a cruise ship where one woman was confirmed to have the coronavirus have now travelled onwards to a number of countries.

Cambodia’s leader has defended his decision to allow a US cruise ship to dock despite at least one passenger later being diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus, while authorities scrambled to track down hundreds that came in contact with her.

The Westerdam was turned away by several Asian ports before Cambodia agreed last week to allow its more than 2,000 passengers and crew to disembark.

But jubilation dimmed over the weekend when an 83-year-old American woman was stopped at a Malaysian airport and diagnosed with the virus that originated from in the central Chinese Hubei province and has now killed more than 1,800 people.

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