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Cruise ship anchors in Cambodia after virus fears

(13 Feb 2020) A cruise ship turned away by four Asian governments due to virus fears anchored on Thursday off Cambodia for health checks on its 2,200 passengers and crew.
The Westerdam is anchored a kilometre (0.6 miles) from the main Sihanoukville port and a team of health officials will board to conduct health checks and determine the disembarkation process, an official told the Associated Press.
The US embassy to Cambodia said they sent a team to work with the ship’s representatives and Cambodian officials to help Americans disembark and transfer to their onward destinations.
Thailand on Tuesday had refused to allow the Westerdam to dock at a Thai port after it had already been turned away by the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan, as well as the US territory of Guam.
The ship was unwelcome despite assurances from operator Holland America Line that no cases of the viral disease known as COVID-19 have been confirmed among the 1,455 passengers and 802 crew members on board.

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