Crew Testing Is Containing Potential Spread On Both Costa & TUI

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Costa Diadema.

A crew member on Costa Diadema has tested positive for the coronavirus, although Costa Cruises says it has contained the situation, according to Cruise Week. 

Diadema is Costa's second ship to return to service after the Costa Deliziosa. 

"The safety protocols work, and thanks to them we are able to identify asymptomatic cases as we did a few days ago with a recently arrived crew member who was immediately disembarked," Rossella Carrara, VP, external relations & sustainability for Costa Crociere, told Cruise Week.

Several close contacts who travelled with the crew member who tested positive were also disembarked "as a cautionary measure," Carrara said.

"There was no concern from health authorities whatsoever because this is a case that is exactly contemplated in the risk protocols and the health authority protocols," she added. 

The ship, on charter to a French company with a 600-pax group, departed Genoa yesterday.

Possible False Alarm On TUI's Mein Schiff 6

There were also reports of crew members testing positive on Mein Schiff 6, operated by TUI Cruises, but these appear to be a false alarm, according to Cruise Week. 

"Twelve unclear positive COVID19 tests on crew of Mein Schiff 6, reported yesterday in routine tests, have now been identified as negative by two further tests (PCR tests, performed by TUI Cruises, and antigen rapid test of the Greek authorities)," write TUI in a statement to Cruise Week. 

A further PCR test is being carried out by the Greek authorities, for which the results are expected later today. 

TUI says the entire crew has not become conspicuous in the last 14 days, and none of the 12 crew members who tested positive have displayed any symptoms.

As a precautionary measure and in accordance with procedures, the 12 crew members in question and an additional 24 crew with which they had contact were isolated on board on Monday.

The 24 crew members were also tested with an antigen test and all results were negative. 

They will all remain isolated until the final results are available, TUI says.

"Thanks to the extensive hygiene measures and clearance rules on board, there is no reason for guests and crew to worry. As soon as the Greek authorities give their approval, the cruise will continue as planned," TUI wrote. 

Mein Schiff 6 is currently cruising in Greece with 922 guests and 666 crew members.

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