PUBLISHED: 16:02, Sun, Mar 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 16:17, Sun, Mar 1, 2020
A cruise ship which was denied entry to a port in the Dominican Republic over coronavirus fears has been granted a turnaround call in St Marteen. The Fred. Olsen Braemar ship reported that eight guests on board were displaying “flu-like symptoms” and were under medical observation, causing concerns amongst Dominican officials about the ship entering its waters.
Of the eight passengers displaying symptoms on board, two of them are British Citizens, four are Filipinos and two are from the U.S.
The ship was due to disembark passengers in the Dominican Republic after a 14-day ‘Western Caribbean & Central America’ fly-cruise, but they will now be disembarked in St Maarten where the cruise line is working to secure onward travel for them to return home.
Guests due to board the ship on the next leg of its cruise will be flown in by aeroplane, and are to be met by a team member form Fred. Olsen’s UK Head Office.
A statement issued on Fred. Olsen’s website reads: “We believe that the refusal for us to commence debarkation operations in the Port of La Romana was the result of a very small number of influenza-like cases on board. Our medical team has confirmed that they are all feeling better.
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Cruise: A Fred. Olsen ship was denied entry to a port after passengers showed "flu-like" symptoms (Image: Getty Images)
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“No guests or crew are, or have been, displaying symptoms that are considered to be consistent with those of Coronavirus.
“The safety and well-being of all our guests and crew is our number one priority and we are monitoring closely the developing COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus situation and taking the latest advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and World Health Organisation, as well as Public Health England and CLIA.
“As a precautionary measure, for some time Fred. Olsen has been operating a raised level of sanitisation across its fleet, in addition to health questionnaires and non-invasive screening measures for guests