Monday 23 November, 2020

Barbados denies entry to cruise ship with gastroenteritis outbreak

Bridgetown Port (FILE)

Bridgetown Port (FILE)

Barbados has denied entry to the cruise ship MV Caribbean Princess.

The Ministry of Health issued a statement saying that this move was due to an outbreak of gastroenteritis on board.

Carrying over 3000 passengers and 1000 crew, the cruise ship was scheduled to berth at the Bridgetown Port tomorrow morning, Sunday, February 9, 2020.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Kenneth George, disclosed that the Ministry of Health and Wellness had received a number of reports, including from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) of “a significant outbreak” of gastroenteritis on the ship.            

Dr George said that in keeping with the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and “as a matter of caution” aimed at protecting both the passengers and the people of Barbados, the Ministry of Health and Wellness has decided that the cruise liner will not be allowed to berth at this time.

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