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Canada denies cargo ship Siem Cicero travelling from Germany entry to Port of Halifax

Christian Fernsby |
The Public Health Agency of Canada has denied a cargo ship travelling Siem Cicero from Germany entry to the Port of Halifax.

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On March 17, the Public Health Agency of Canada was notified that several crew members aboard the Siem Cicero had symptoms consistent with COVID-19, an agency spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

The Siem Cicero is transporting cars, which the agency determined as non-essential cargo.

"To protect the health and safety of Canadians, (the agency) made the decision to deny the ship's entry to port, as per section 39 of the Quarantine Act, to prevent the potential introduction of the novel coronavirus, and to prevent supply chain disruptions at the Port of Halifax," the spokesperson said.

"The agency is working closely with partners, especially Transport Canada and local authorities, to limit the spread of the virus."

The ship will not be allowed to enter port until 14 days after the last date symptoms appeared in the crew, the spokesperson said.

The Port of Halifax's website shows the Siem Cicero's estimated time of arrival as April 6. Just before noon on Wednesday, an online ship tracker showed the vessel moving slowly off the coast of Clark's Harbour.

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