Covid 19 outbreak on cruise ship as first European passengers return

At least 41 cruise passengers and crew of a ship in Norway have tested positive for Covid-19, report officials.

The hundreds of guests who had been travelling from MS Roald Amundsen are now in quarantine awaiting further tests. The ship belongs to Hurtigruten, one of the first cruise lines to resume sailing after the pandemic.

The confirmed virus cases from the MS Roald Amundsen raise new questions about safety on all cruise ships during a pandemic even as the devastated cruise ship industry is pressing to resume sailings after chaotically shutting down in March. In response to the outbreak, Norway on Monday closed its ports to cruise ships for two weeks.

The Hurtigruten cruise line was one of the first companies to resume sailing during the pandemic, starting cruises to Norway out of northern Germany in June with a single ship, then adding cruises in July to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.

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