HANOI, March 12 (Reuters). Health officials in the South Vietnamese city of Ho Chi Minh want to stop a Bahamas-flagged cruise ship with Italians aboard the economic center on Friday for coronavirus concerns, state-of-the-art media reports.
The Ministry of Health advised the city’s People’s Committee on Thursday not to allow passengers on the cruise ship Silver Spirit to disembark, the Tuoi Tre newspaper said.
The department said the move aims to “limit disease penetration into the city,” the report said.
The ship with 423 passengers and 403 crew members, including “several Italians”, belongs to Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. The company did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters for comment.
Calls to the People’s Committee and the Health Department remained unanswered on Thursday.
Vietnam’s coronavirus cases rose to 44 on Thursday, the health ministry said. There were no deaths.
Last month, a cruise ship arrived in Sihanoukville’s Cambodian port, which had been rejected at five other ports after leaving Hong Kong. (Reporting by Khanh Vu and Phuong Nguyen; edited by Nick Macfie)