Coronavirus: UK trying to contact Britons who left cruise ship in Cambodia

Concerns over handling of exit from MS Westerdam after one passenger later tested positive.

The UK government is scrambling to contact scores of British travellers who disembarked from a cruise ship in Cambodia, after one of the passengers onboard later tested positive for coronavirus.

Experts have raised concerns over the handling of the MS Westerdam’s passengers as they departed the ship on Friday, and warned that hundreds of people who may have been exposed to the Covid-19 virus have now scattered around the world.

Five countries refused entry to the ship, despite there being no confirmed cases onboard at the time, before Cambodia allowed it to dock. As passengers disembarked, they were greeted with hugs and handshakes from the country’s prime minister, Hun Sen, an ally of China who has downplayed the threat posed by the virus.

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