Miami cruise ship with 6,100 on board turned away from two ports due to sick crew member

The MSC Meraviglia, which is carrying more than 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew from Miami, was barred from making port in Ocho Rios on Tuesday when officials discovered that a member of the crew was in isolation with flu-like symptoms.

Health minister Chris Tufton said the decision was taken because the person had a fever, cough, muscle pains and had been to a ‘country of interest’ linked with coronavirus.

The ship is now headed for Georgetown, the capital of the Cayman Islands, where health authorities have already said it will not be able to dock.

It comes after cruise ship MS Westerdam was rejected from five ports earlier this month amid fears over coronavirus, and after an outbreak of the disease on the Diamond Princess ship which sickened more than 600 and killed four.

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