- Title: Passengers disembark virus-hit cruise ship in Italy
- Date: 22nd March 2020
- Summary: SAVONA, ITALY (MARCH 21, 2020) (REUTERS) 'COSTA LUMINOSA' CRUISE SHIP DOCKED IN SAVONA PORT VARIOUS OF BALCONIES AND LOGO ON SHIP READING (English): "COSTA LUMINOSA" MAN WAVING WHITE FLAG FROM CRUISE SHIP BALCONY 'COSTA LUMINOSA' CRUISE SHIP DOCKED IN SAVONA PORT AMBULANCE ARRIVING PASSENGERS ON CRUISE SHIP'S BALCONIES LOOKING ON PEOPLE WEARING HAZMAT SUITS ON SITE ITALIAN RED CROSS MEMBER WEARING PROTECTIVE MASK, TALKING TO PEOPLE WEARING HAZMAT SUITS AT PORT ENTRANCE PERSON WEARING HAZMAT SUIT, HELPING MAN WEARING PROTECTIVE MASK WITH LUGGAGE 'COSTA LUMINOSA' CRUISE SHIP DOCKED IN PORT
- Keywords: Costa Luminosa Italy Savona containment coronavirus cruise ship dock measures outbreak port production quarantine
- Reuters ID: LVA001C64V7LZ
- Location: SAVONA, ITALY
- City: SAVONA, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Duration: 00:01:00
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: More Italian passengers onboard the 'Costa Luminosa' cruise ship disembarked on Sunday (March 22) days after sailing from France.
After docking in the Italian harbour, 110 Italian passengers disembarked the ship on Saturday (March 21). The evacuation of the remaining 55 passengers from Italy continued on Sunday.
A total of 36 people on board were found to be infected after tests were undertaken on passengers during a stop in the French port of Marseille, French authorities said on Friday (March 20).
A Marseille area prefecture official told Reuters that he could not comment on how many of those infected had disembarked and how many were still on the ship, which left Marseille on Friday evening to sail to Savona.
On Thursday (March 19) and Friday, the Costa Luminosa disembarked 639 of its 1,421 passengers in Marseille, while French medical staff tested passengers and crew members who had shown symptoms of coronavirus infection.
The Costa Luminosa, operated by Italy's Costa Cruises, a subsidiary of Carnival Corp had left Fort Lauderdale, Florida on March 5 on a cruise destined for Venice, Italy.
But days later it had to disembark two passengers in Puerto Rico who were later diagnosed with coronavirus. It also unloaded four sick passengers on the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife.
Cruise ships - with their tightly packed crowds of often elderly passengers - have been especially vulnerable to outbreaks of the virus, and have been banned from disembarking in several countries.
(Production: Massimo Pinca, Alessandro Felici)
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