American comedian broke quarantine while stuck on the Westerdam coronavirus cruise ship in Cambodia and got a flight home
- Frank King left the Phnomh Penh hotel where passengers were staying
- An 83-year-old American passenger tested positive for the corona virus
- King said a security officer told him not to leave when he walked out the back door
- He says he had no symptoms and that he had to go back for a performance
- The comedian was fired as an artist on cruises in Holland America
- He took a three-leg flight to return to Eugene in Oregon
- The deadly infection has spread to more than 71,000 people worldwide and killed more than 1,770 in two months, with the vast majority of cases in China
A stand-up comedian quarantined in Cambodia after traveling on a cruise ship where a passenger tested positive for corona virus, broke quarantine and postponed guards to return to the United States, allegedly without waiting for his test results.
Frank King, from Oregon, who was stranded on MS Westerdam after a coronavirus fear aboard the ship, chose to evade security at the hotel where he was staying and return home for paid speaking engagements he had arranged.
King, who worked as an artist for Holland America for ten years, was fired by the cruise operator, Fox 12 reported, and forced to cancel the first of the three speaking suicide prevention appearances he had planned in the midst of media coverage of his decision to flee quarantine.
Frank King, from Oregon, chose to evade security at the hotel where he was staying and return home for paid performances
He was fired as a performer by Holland America, for whom he worked for ten years
The cruise ship was allowed to dock in Cambodia after it was stranded when it was refused entry from five different countries after the corona virus seized Asia.
The liner left Hong Kong on February 1 before being denied entry into Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Guam and Thailand before he could eventually dock in Cambodia with 1,455 passengers and 802 crew members on board.
Many guests were then quarantined in a five-star hotel in Pnom Penh, where they were awaiting their return home after a 83-year-old American woman who had been on the cruise tested positive for coronavirus.
King fled the hotel before discovering the results of his swab test Komo News. He now insists he tested negative, Fox 12 reported.
King would have fled the hotel before he discovered the results of his smear, but now he says he tested negative
the cruise ship was allowed to dock in Cambodia after it was stranded when it was refused entry from five different countries
It is because the deadly infection has spread to more than 71,000 people worldwide and killed more than 1,770, with the vast majority of cases in China, where the outbreak began two months ago.
King arrived in Eugene after a three-part flight and said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had released him to return.
King, who insists he has no symptoms, defied security when he sneaked out of the hotel where he was staying. He said a security officer told him not to leave while he went out the back door, but he left anyway.
“I knew very well that if there was a problem, the CDC would have put me in quarantine or at least put me in quarantine,” said King.
The Westerdam began its cruise in Singapore last month and the last stop before it was denied was in Hong Kong
“And if the CDC does not know the parameters of the disease, the incubation period, the non-symptomatic carriers, who does?”
He said that a CDC employee met him when he got off the plane and he was allowed to come home. He also said that he had visited his doctor at the Linn County health department.
Holland America said: “The results are returned when they are completed, with the first batch of 406 all negative. Erased guests can travel home and arrangements are made for those guests. ”