Westerdam passengers disembark in Cambodia

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The odyssey of the MS Westerdam saw it turned away by five places in Asia.

The Westerdam was unwelcome elsewhere even though operator Holland America Line said no cases of the COVID-19 viral illness have been confirmed among its 1,455 passengers and 802 crew members. "This is because ships are usually at sea for several days, so this gives time for symptoms to show in people incubating the disease". Guests will be able to go ashore. "All approvals have been received and we are extremely grateful to the Cambodian authorities for their support", the statement continued.

Although none of the more than 2,000 passengers and crew on board the Westerdam were diagnosed with the deadly virus, worldwide panic over the disease's spread pushed Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and the USA territory of Guam to deny the ship's entry into their ports.

The Cambodian Prime Minister last night said he would personally welcome the passengers on board.

The ship, wearing greater than 1,450 passengers and operated via Holland America Line, had up to now been grew to become clear of Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and Guam.

But the ship is back in limbo after Thailand Public Health Minister Anutin Charnverakul shared on Facebook Monday afternoon that it would not be allowed to dock after all.

When Thai authorities rejected the ship, some passengers on the Westerdam began writing to President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and other USA officials on Twitter.

Passengers' hopes rose after spending nearly two weeks afloat without disembarking when the captain announced he was steering the vessel into the Gulf of Thailand.

What happens next for the passengers remains uncertain.

Pictures this morning showed the ship docking in Sihanoukville.

As it entered Thai waters yesterday, the plan was to dock on the eastern coast before passengers were ferried to Bangkok from where they could take flights home.

"Thank you Cambodia! You believed in us when no one would!" tweeted passenger Lydia Miller around 7 pm (1200 GMT).

The cruise ship Diamond Princess, where dozens of passengers were tested positive for coronavirus, is seen at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan, on February 10, 2020.

But even long after disembarking, cruise passengers may still cause a health scare. "We promise to spend lots of money in your country".

All passengers will be allowed to disembark after no cases of the coronavirus were found aboard.

Yokohama is where Princess Cruises' Diamond Princess is now being held in quarantine after it was discovered that a man from Hong Kong was confirmed to have contracted the illness. There are 15 confirmed cases in the United States. It has also barred anyone who has travelled from or transited via China, including Hong Kong and Macau, two weeks before departure or has been in close contact with anyone visiting the aforementioned places.

"Outbreaks can bring out the best and worst in people", he said", instead of directing all our energy against COVID-2019, stigma diverts our attention and turns people against each other". Twenty passengers who had reported signs of being ill tested negative for COVID-19, World Health Organization director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a Friday news conference.

Much like the virus, fear that any cruise ship can be a floating petri dish has also been spreading.

"If he tests negative again, he can return home with no further need to be quarantined", Dr Suwannachai said.

Two of the stranded Chinese are patients under observation. Health problems they have due to the coronavirus not detected.



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