Seven Canadians Among 61 Positive For Coronavirus On Diamond Princess

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Princess Cruises has confirmed that an additional 41 people aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess off Yokohama have tested positive for the coronavirus, taking the total to have tested positive aboard the vessel to 61. Of the 41 new victims, five are Canadians, bringing the total to seven who have tested positive on the ship.

Meanwhile, Holland America has cancelled the 15FEB sailing of the Westerdam. In a statement earlier, the line said, "Holland America Line has been notified that the Japanese Government will not permit Westerdam to call in Japanese ports.

"The ship had been scheduled to call to Ishigaki Island, Naha, Okinawa, Nagasaki and Fukuoka (Hakata), before its scheduled turn in Yokohama on 15FEB, where the next cruise was scheduled to embark.

"The ship is not in quarantine and there are no known cases of coronavirus on board."

As Cruise Week reports, the rapidly evolving situation is creating significant limitations for where ships can go in Asia. Off-limits calls now include all ports in Japan and Taiwan, Shanghai, and apparently Hong Kong (though not officially confirmed) and apparently the Philippines (again no official word).

Although it does not appear to be blanket ban, it's clear several ships are being kept from calling in HK and the Philippines. For instance, Seabourn Ovation did not make a scheduled call in Manila on 5FEB, calling in Thailand instead.

"After departing Hong Kong, the ship was scheduled to visit the Philippines, but new entry restrictions imposed just prior to arrival forced a change of itinerary," explained Brian Badura, Director, Global Public Relations & Strategic Initiatives for Seabourn.

Bruce Parkinson

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