Cruise passengers to disembark following coronavirus scare

Costa Smeralda. Credit: Anna Karkkainen/Marine Traffic

Six thousand passengers aboard the quarantined Costa Smeralda have been allowed to disembark following the go-ahead from health officials.

A Chinese passenger and her husband, who were aboard the vessel and had shown symptoms of a fever, tested negative to the virus.

Samples were taken to Rome’s Spallanzani hospital, which specialises in infectious diseases. They were analysed and results came back negative, Italy’s health ministry said in a statement.

The cruise ship had been docked at the port of Civitavecchia, north of Rome. All passengers were refused disembarkation rights on 30 January while the investigation was being carried out.

This is following the news of a confirmed case of seafarers contracting coronavirus when their cargo ship arrived in Singapore; the ship has been quarantined.