6,000 People Reportedly Trapped Aboard Cruise Ship in Coronavirus Scare

MIAMI (Miami Herald/TNS) —
The Costa Smeralda cruise ship is docked in the Civitavecchia port near Rome, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

A cruise ship is holding a reported 6,000 people aboard after one passenger showed symptoms of Wuhan coronavirus.

On Wednesday night, a 54-year-old Chinese national and her travel mate were put in isolation aboard Costa Cruises’ Costa Smeralda when they showed symptoms of the virus, the cruise line said. Costa Cruises is a subsidiary of Miami-based Carnival Corp.

The ship was on a seven-day Mediterranean excursion traveling to Civitavecchia, La Spezia, Savona, Marseille, Barcelona and Palma de Maiorca.

Health officials are aboard the ship and monitoring the situation, the cruise line said.

The ship can hold 5,000 to 6,000 passengers and about 1,500 crew members. Costa Cruises did not immediately respond to a request for information about how many people are on board. CNN reported that there are about 6,000 people aboard the ship.

Italian news agency Agenzia ANSA reported that first tests did not show the virus.

There are five confirmed cases of the virus in the U.S. so far, but none of them are in Florida. Miami International Airport is screening travelers for potential cases with the help of federal health officials.

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