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Wuhan coronavirus fears stop two cruise ship visits in New Caledonia

Christian Fernsby |
Two cruise ships arriving from Australia and Vanuatu have failed to make scheduled stops in New Caledonia amid fears by locals the Wuhan coronavirus could be introduced.


Young people on the island of Mare put up banners opposing ship visits, which prompted the island's contractor to cancel the stop over as a precaution.

Mayor Pierre Ngaihoni said missing the ships' visits, from Australian company Carnival, would have an impact on stall holders.

Last month, New Caledonia's authorities banned access for ships with people onboard showing symptoms of the coronavirus.

A planned charter flight from China to Noumea last week was also cancelled, purportedly because of problems finalising documentation.

Local media say two women from Noumea who arrived from China this week have been advised to stay home for two weeks despite showing no sign of any illness.

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