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Threat of global eruption of coronavirus from 1200 Westerdam ship passengers taking flights unchecked

Even as the cruise, Diamond Princess, has been raising concerns for over a week, the Westerdam passengers of various nationalities who left the ship and are likely scattered across the world by now unchecked pose serious risks of coronavirus (covid-19) spreading far and wide and erupting from unpredictable areas.

PHNOM PENH, Feb 17: A US cruise liner, after the Diamond Princess, has created a new scare of coronavirus (covid-19) spreading across countries on an even larger scale and in a way that cannot be checked. The viral contagion that originated in Wuhan in China has already claimed 1800 lives there.

The looming threat comes from infection-suspected passengers leaving the ship, Westerdam, in hordes and heading for their destinations like the US, Europe, Hong Kong and Australia without a check. Over 1200 of the passengers aboard Westerdam were allowed to disembark in Cambodia, according to reports.

American woman tests positive for coronavirus

Accoding to reports quoted by newspapers, the incident came to light when one of the passengers, an American woman, who passed through the thermal scanner at Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia days later was tested positive for coronavirus. Tracking the over 1000 passengers who potentially carry the threat of a widespread eruption of the coronavirus contagion all across the world has now become a challenge.

Westerdam was disallowed berthing at several ports in the region by Japan, Philippines, Thailand and Taiwan. Cambodia on last Thursday gave it permission to dock at Sihanoukville port, accordiing to the reports.

There are a couple of hundred more passengers left in the ship docked at the Cambodian port with a crew of over 700. The passengers were disembarking as per their flight schedules but now the remaining passengers and crew have been quarantined after the report from Kuala Lumpur. Samples are being collected from all left aboard.

454 infected with coronavirus on Diamond Princess

Meanwhile, 99 passengers of the quarantined ship, Diamond Princess, docked at Yokohama port, near Tokyo, tested positive for coronavirus on Monday, taking the number of those infected onboard to 454. The ship had 3,700 passengers and crew. A total of 1,723 have been tested so far. The US has flown out 340 Americans, including some infected. The cruise is 290 metres in length and has 18 decks.

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