Two more cruises are hampered by coronavirus fears

Two more cruises were disrupted by coronavirus today as Myanmar turned a ship away and Norway kept a vessel in port while two passengers were tested.

Norwegian authorities were keeping 1,200 tourists on board the Aida Aura at Haugesund harbour today after fears were raised over two German travellers. 

Meanwhile Myanmar refused permission for the Silver Spirit to dock in Thilawa after 400 tourists arrived from nearby Thailand which has dozens of virus cases. 

Health authorities have had a suspicious eye on cruise ships since the Diamond Princess was quarantined in Japan and proved to have hundreds of cases on board. 

The German-owned cruise ship Aida Aura is seen moored in Haugesund harbour in Norway last night, with passengers still in limbo today while two German passengers are tested

The German-owned cruise ship Aida Aura is seen moored in Haugesund harbour in Norway last night, with passengers still in limbo today while two German passengers are tested 

In Norway, health authorities grew concerned last night after discovering that two passengers had been in contact with a known virus patient a week ago. 

The patient was not on the ship, but tests were immediately ordered on the two passengers with tourists kept in limbo today until the results come back. 

The two passengers, described as German nationals by German media, were tested on land and the results were expected later on Tuesday.  

'The guests were contacted by health authorities in Germany as part of a routine investigation into a medical situation,' the cruise line said in a statement. 

'All guests on board have already been informed about this. All passengers remain on board, visits on land aren't taking place.' 

The 663ft-long Aida Aura is operated by the German cruise line AIDA cruises. 

After visiting the ship, a Haugesund doctor said that none of the passengers showed symptoms of the Covid-19 illness which is caused by the coronavirus. 

Myanmar refused permission for the Silver Spirit (file photo) to dock in Thilawa after 400 tourists arrived from nearby Thailand which has dozens of virus cases

Myanmar refused permission for the Silver Spirit (file photo) to dock in Thilawa after 400 tourists arrived from nearby Thailand which has dozens of virus cases

In the separate scare in south-east Asia, Myanmar stopped the Silver Spirit from docking in the country over fears that passengers could have the virus. 

The luxury cruise liner, operated by Monaco-based Silversea

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