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Not welcome: Gibraltar turns away cruise ship with 89 suspected norovirus cases

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PortandTerminal.com, February 8

A Gibraltar Government spokesman stressed the norovirus symptoms are “not those of Coronavirus”.

GIBRALTAR – The Gibraltar Port Authority has turned away British cruise liner Spirit of Discovery due to a norovirus outbreak on board.

Some 89 suspected cases of norovirus have been recorded on board.
Norovirus is a contagious stomach virus, with symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, fever, nausea and stomach pain.

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A Gibraltar Government spokesman stressed the norovirus symptoms are “not those of Coronavirus”. Ports around the world have become increasingly nervous as the number of incidences of the more deadly coronavirus has occurred on visiting cruse ships.

In another similar incident, this week a Holland America cruise ship carrying more than 2,000 people over coronavirus fears was refused by 3 ports — even though the crew insists no one on board is infected.

Given the current situation, the vessel has been asked to continue to its next port of call

Port of Gibraltar spokesman

“As it neared Gibraltar this morning, the cruise ship, Spirit of Discovery reported that, on board, it had 89 cases of suspected Norovirus,” a Government spokesman said.

“However, given the current situation, the vessel has been asked to continue to its next port of call, Southampton, without berthing at Gibraltar.” The Government confirmed the cruise ship has 868 passengers and 513 crew on board.

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