45 cruise passengers with Covid disembark in Italy
Some 45 cruise ship passengers disembarked at the Italian port of Genoa on Monday after contracting coronavirus, while others who tested positive remained on board to be disembarked later, the operator said. The media had suggested that between 120 and 150 people were infected aboard the MSC Grandiosa, which arrived in Genoa Monday morning from the French port of Marseille. The MSC has denied “incorrect” media reporting, but did not say how many cases were detected during routine testing. “Today we are landing 45 positive cases in Genoa,” he said in a statement. A spokesperson later told AFP that an unknown number of other passengers who tested positive were still on board and would be disembarked at future stops. The company said most were asymptomatic and they and their close contacts were immediately isolated in cabins with balconies and received medical attention. Genoa port authorities confirmed to AFP that an unknown number of passengers had been disembarked, Italians from the north of the country to be brought home and foreigners transferred to health facilities while they were in self-isolation. They said the cruise ship would continue its journey to the Italian port of Civitavecchia where positive patients living in central or southern Italy would be disembarked and returned home to self-isolate. All transfers and stays at Covid facilities were paid for by MSC Cruises, authorities said. The cruise industry around the world is struggling to get back on its feet after travel ceased at the start of the pandemic and several ships have been affected by epidemics.