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Coronavirus-affected Greek Cruise Ship Confirms 20 Positive Cases

File Photo. Eleftherios Venizelos cruise ship. March 20, 2016. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

File Photo. Eleftherios Venizelos cruise ship. March 20, 2016. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

All 383 people on board of the Eleftherios Venizelos cruise ship have been quarantined after 20 passengers tested positive for Covid-19.

  • AFP
  • Last Updated: April 1, 2020, 8:13 AM IST
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Athens: A Greek cruise ship was placed in quarantine near Athens with 383 people on board after about 20 passengers tested positive for COVID-19, port police said Tuesday.

The Eleftherios Venizelos was sailing from Turkey to Spain when it stopped at the port of Piraeus on March 22.

The Greek-owned ship "could not continue to Spain because of the serious situation in that country due to the new coronavirus," a police spokeswoman told AFP.

Around 20 people on board have tested positive for COVID-19 and the ship must now stay in Piraeus, the official said.

Only 33 of the 383 passengers and crew are Greek, according to the coast guard which did not give a breakdown of the other nationalities.

Greece currently has 1,212 official cases of the novel coronavirus and has recorded 47 deaths.


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