Revealed: Twenty Americans with ‘abnormal’ health problems and abdominal pains on cruise ships scared the authorities, leaving it stranded for two weeks with 1,455 passengers on board before finally landing in Cambodia
- Health officials check the conditions of those aboard the MS Westerdam
- Twenty passengers said they had abdominal pain and “abnormal disorders.”
- The ship may moor in Cambodia today after it has been refused elsewhere
Twenty American passengers aboard a cruise ship stranded at sea for two weeks as a result of coronavirus anxiety caused health problems on MS Westerdam after suffering from ‘abnormal health’ and stomach pain.
The ship has 650 Americans on board and can finally moor in Cambodia today.
The 1,455 passengers and 802 crew members were rejected by Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, Guam and the Philippines.
So far, no cases of the deadly virus have been found on the Holland America ship.
MS Westerdam cruise ship is seen near a port in Sihanoukville, where after almost two weeks at sea it was allowed to dock after being rejected by five countries because of the fear that someone on board has the corona virus
Medical officers close a van with swab samples to test with cruise ship passengers in Sihanoukville
The sun reported today that officials are currently checking the health of those on board after 20 passengers have experienced different health problems.
Some passengers on board tweeted their relief about being allowed to moor with many who said they were “delighted” at the prospect of being dry.
Another passenger said there were “so many moments” that they thought they would be allowed to dock in a country, but then they would be rejected.
Angela Jones called it a “breathtaking moment” and wondered if it was real.
The image above shows the timeline of attempts by the Westerdam to moor in different countries
Passengers of Holland America cruise ship MS Westerdam watch a sports broadcast on the ship
Photographs this morning showed the ship that docked in Sihanoukville.
From here, passengers can fly to the capital Phnom Penh before finally returning home.
In a statement, the cruise ship said, “All approvals have been received and we are very grateful to the Cambodian authorities for their support.”
This while Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director General of the World Health Organization, said he was pleased that Cambodia had accepted the ship and called it an “example of international solidarity.”
He added that outbreaks can bring out the “best and worst” in people.
To date, more than 60,000 people around the world have contracted the disease, with more than 1,000 deaths reported.
A 14th case in the US was reported yesterday. The person had arrived at Marine Corps Air Station at Miramar in California last week after taking a flight from Wuhan.
The patient is currently in San Diego.