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Asia Album: Cruise ship returns to Singapore after COVID-19 case found on board


A cruise ship returned to Singapore after a COVID-19 case was found on board, the Straits Times reported on Wednesday.

The newspaper quoted Annie Chang, Singapore Tourism Board's director of the cruise, as saying that a 40-year-old passenger was identified as the close contact of a previously confirmed case, and was immediately isolated as part of onboard health protocols.

The passenger underwent polymerase chain reaction tests onboard and the result was positive, and has been taken to a hospital for further confirmatory testing.

Three traveling companions of the passenger were identified and isolated. They have tested negative for COVID-19 and further contact tracing is ongoing.

The ship, called World Dream, joined Genting Hong Kong's Dream Cruises fleet in November 2017. It departed on Sunday for a four-day "cruise to nowhere."

The ship returned to Singapore and arrived at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre at around 6:30 a.m. local time on Wednesday, a few hours ahead of schedule.

Passengers are seen aboard the cruise ship World Dream docked at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre in Singapore, July 14, 2021.

The passenger was tested negative during the mandatory pre-departure antigen rapid test on the day of departure, and was reported to have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Passengers are seen aboard the cruise ship World Dream docked at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre in Singapore, July 14, 2021.

Passengers are seen aboard the cruise ship World Dream docked at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre in Singapore, July 14, 2021.

Published : July 15, 2021

By : xinhua