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Wuhan coronavirus: Thailand refuses entry to cruise ship MS Westerdam with no cases

Christian Fernsby |
Thailand has barred passengers from Holland America’s cruise ship MS Westerdam from disembarking, its health minister said tday, the latest country to turn it away amid fears of the coronavirus despite no confirmed infections on board.

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The Netherlands flagged ship was sailing in a westerly direction, 96 km (60 miles) off the southern coast of Vietnam today morning, according to data from the Marine Traffic ship tracking website.

Holland America, owned by Miami based Carnival Corp, had said yesterday that passengers would disembark in Bangkok on Feb. 13 and that there was no reason to believe anybody on board had the virus.

“I have issued orders. Permission to dock refused,” Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said in a Facebook post.

Deputy Transport Minister Atirat Ratanasate said in a separate Facebook post that, while the ship would not be allowed to dock, Thailand “will gladly help providing fuel, medicine, and food” to the ship.

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