MSC Splendida in port with suspected cases
Several suspected COVID-19 cases on the MSC Splendida cruise ship are generating buzz in Funchal today – although rumours have abounded for some while that cruise ships are experiencing outbreaks – reported here for some while.
Earlier today a source close to MSC Splendida, indicated to JM that eight COVID-19 infections had been confirmed in passengers of the cruise ship that docked this morning in the Madeiran capital. To these were added another 26 travellers who are considered risky contacts and who, therefore, remain in isolation.
The regional health authority has not yet confirmed the outbreak, stating that the situation is being investigated. However, JM found that on the Funchal quay there was a SESARAM van with properly equipped health professionals.
A passenger told JM of some disorganization in the entrances and departures of the cruise to the various destinations and the absence of masks inside the ship.
JM later confirmed that a SESARAM van was at the site, which, as reported, is disembarking possible suspected cases of infection.
For now, health authorities have declined to confirm the outbreak on the ship, claiming that the situation is being investigated.
To JM, a passenger on the ship pointed out that, throughout the voyage, many of the travellers did not wear a mask, also pointing out some disorganization in the disembarkation. “In Barcelona the departure and arrival of the boat was a mess, while in Malaga Italy we left each group in turn. And inside many people were without masks”, he stated.
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