A #cruise ship was met with a mob of angry protestors amid #Coronavirus fears

A PRINCESS CRUISES ships was met with a group of protesters when it docked at Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean due to fears over COVID-19. The ship had previously been turned away from a port in Madagascar, despite reporting no cases of the virus on board.

PUBLISHED: 07:57, Tue, Mar 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 09:24, Tue, Mar 3, 2020

A cruise ship with passengers from the UK on board was met with around 30 protestors when it docked at Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean on Sunday morning. The angry residents had gathered to demand that all passengers were tested for coronavirus before disembarking from the ship.

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Despite no reported cases of the virus on board, the cruise ship had previously been turned away from a port in Madagascar.

The ship is owned by Princess Cruises who also own the quarantined Diamond Princess ship.

The Diamond Princess was placed on lockdown off the coast of Yokohama, Japan, after passengers tested positive for COVID-19.

Since then a reported 706 have come down with the illness, and seven people have died.

Due to a heightened fear following this event, the Sun Princess was turned away by Madagascan authorities on February 13.

READ MORE: Coronavirus infected Britons on Diamond Princess ship to return to UK

cruise ship protestsCruise: Protests broke out over coronavirus fears on board (Image: Getty Images)

cruise protests reunion islandCruise: Protestors raised concerns over lack of testing for passengers (Image: Getty Images)

The authorities turned the ship away on the grounds that it had visited coronavirus infected Thailand recently.

The ship then sailed on to Pointe de Galets where it was met with protesters.

According to The Guardian, police used teargas on the crowds who threw pebbles and bottles at the security forces.

The 300 passengers were allowed to disembark for various excursions.

A member of staff from the regional health authority was on hand to offer face masks and leaflets about the disease, however, onlookers noted that none of the passengers appeared to have their temperature taken.

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