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16/03/20 10:21

Another Italian cruise ship in quarantine: Costa Magica was stopped in Martinique

Due to possible coronavirus cases onboard, the local prefecture ordered it to stop 3 miles off the coast of Fort-de-France

Another cruise ship was quarantined as a few of its passengers are showing coronavirus symptoms: after all the cases recorded last week, it was Costa Magica’s turn. In fact, the ship belonging to Costa Crociere and flying the Italian flag had to stop off Fort-de-France coasts, in Martinique (Caribbean), with 2,500 passengers onboard. The unit “will be temporarily quarantined 3 nautical miles off the coast, at the entrance of the Fort-de-France bay”, the local Prefecture announced.

“Before calling at the Martinique port, the cruise ship Costa Magica (within the American group Carnival) reported the presence of several ill passengers who might have coronavirus […] this situation caused us to prevent the ship from mooring until all doubts are solved”, the note reads. “We will take samples of supposed ill passengers in order for the University Hospital centre to examine them. While waiting for the results, all passengers, including Martinique citizens, will have to remain onboard”.

Since it sailed from Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe), Costa Magica was rejected by several Caribbean ports of call but it managed to call at Barbados and Sint-Marteen, the Dutch part of Saint-Martin.