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Inspectors in Mexico to board cruise turned away by two Ports (and counting)

The MSC Meraviglia in 2019. Photographer: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Bloomberg, February 27, 2020

By Jonathan Levin for Bloomberg – Local health officials in Cozumel, Mexico, are poised to board the Meraviglia cruise ship Thursday to conduct a review after the vessel was turned away by two Caribbean ports on coronavirus concerns.

In a statement Thursday, MSC Cruises said the ship had berthed in Cozumel and was waiting for “customary checks” to be conducted.

Late Wednesday, the company said it had received “formal and final authorization” to get to Cozumel. But overnight, Quintana Roo Governor Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez — of the state where Cozumel is located — appeared to contradict the company, saying no authorization would be given until after the health review.

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Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador also weighed in Thursday, reiterating that the ship was allowed to dock but that an inspection was called for.

“We’re permitting it to dock, and there may be a disembarking of those on the ship,” Lopez Obrador said at his morning press conference in Mexico City. “We gave instructions for an inspection to be done and that they be allowed to arrive and stay. We can’t act with discrimination. We’ll just carry out sanitary regulations.”

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