Brazil well being company warns in opposition to boarding cruise ships amid COVID-19 outbreaks

A passenger is seen on the balcony of the Costa Fascinosa cruise ship anchored on the Santos port, amid the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) outbreak, in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil, March 30, 2020. REUTERS/Rahel Patrasso

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SAO PAULO, Jan 2 (Reuters) – Brazilian well being company Anvisa on Sunday warned passengers in opposition to boarding cruise ships working alongside the Brazilian coast after outbreaks of COVID-19 affecting crew and prospects, in accordance with a press release on its web site.

The transfer follows a name for the “instant momentary interruption of the cruise ship season in Brazil” as they pose a danger to public well being.

“In view of current occasions, Anvisa doesn’t advocate the embarkation of passengers who’ve journeys scheduled on cruise ships for the following few days,” the assertion stated.

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“This suggestion takes into consideration the fast change within the epidemiological situation, the danger to the well being of passengers and the unpredictability of operations right now.”

There are 5 cruise liners working on the Brazilian coast being monitored by Anvisa, the company stated.

The MSC Splendida, anchored at Santos, was banned from embarking new passengers from late Saturday and the vessel was quarantined from Sunday. The Diadema was ordered to droop service and all passengers might want to disembark when it arrives at Santos, Anvisa stated.

The opposite three are the MSC Preziosa, Costa Fascinosa, and MSC Seaside, which face a possible boarding ban and repair suspension pending additional epidemiological investigation, Anvisa stated.

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Reporting by Ana Mano; Enhancing by Stephen Coates

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