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Cruise ship Costa Fortuna gets thorough screening in Phuket

Feb 21. 2020
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Some 2,150 passengers and 988 crewmembers of the Italian cruise ship Costa Fortuna were being screened for Covid-19 infection on Friday (February 21) as the vessel clung to a temporary pontoon dock off Phuket’s Patong Beach.


Officials of the Phuket Public Health Office, Royal Thai Navy Region 3 and Patong Hospital handled the screening in a joint operation, using thermo-infrared scanners.

The Costa Fortuna, carrying mainly Italian and Spanish passengers, arrived from Malaysia’s Langkawi Island as per schedule and will continue on to Singapore on Saturday.

Officials reported that no signs of contagion had been found by early afternoon. Few passengers wore protective facemasks, which officials took to mean they were confident that Phuket was safe.

Once screened, passengers disembarked to visit the attractions on Phuket and nearby Phang Nga on tour packages purchased in advance.

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