Italian cruise ship Costa Fortuna to dock in Singapore

An Italian cruise ship, Costa Fortuna which was turned away from Thailand and Malaysia over Covid-19 fears will dock in Singapore, announced the island city’s port authorities.

The Costa Fortuna departed from Marina Bay Cruise Centre on March 3 on a 7 days round-trip but was barred from docking in various ports. It was barred from Phuket, the popular Thai holiday island on Friday (6 Mar) and on Saturday (7 Mar), the cruise ship was not allowed to enter the northern Malaysian state of Penang.

Source: Cruise Mapper

The cruise ship carrying about 2000 passengers, including 64 Italians, will  return to Singapore, the vessel’s home port where guests originally boarded the liner, on Tuesday (10 Mar). There is currently no reported Covid-19 infections on board.

Local authorities said on Monday (9 Mar) that the ship’s passengers had completed pre-embarkation checks when they boarded and temperature screening and travel histories were checked.

The doctor on board the cruise ship will check on the passengers and crew in order to ensure that they are healthy prior to disembarkation.

The authorities also stressed that passengers entering the island city are required to undergo temperature screening, and those who exhibit fever and respiratory symptoms would have to do a swab test to weed out coronavirus cases.

Passengers who are identified for Covid-19 swab testing but refuse to do so will not be allowed entry into Singapore.

There was however, no indication from the authorities that the passengers who are allowed to disembark will be quarantine although medical experts have warned that temperature screening will only detect those that are symptomatic and the virus has been known to remain dormant for up to 45 days with over 50% of those infected remaining asymptomatic.

Meanwhile, the island city’s total Covid-19 infected count is currently at 150, with 90 cases having fully recovered and discharged from hospital. Of the 60 confirmed cases who are still in hospital, most are stable or improving. Nine are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

 

* Full text of the announcement is available here.

 

 

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15 Responses to “Italian cruise ship Costa Fortuna to dock in Singapore”

  • Catching Up . . .:

    Looks like an opportunity get back to the second place.

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  • PAPVID-20:

    There’s no better way to assure singaporeans that we’re safe from these cruise passengers than to have our selected President, PM and his 2 DPMs go to the port and welcome all those passengers back.

    And please also tell halimah, lhl, heng and chan don’t forget NOT to wear mask, ok? Just bring hand saNERtiser (this is how sia suay chan pronounced sanitiser) if they must.

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  • Catching Up . . .:
    Looks like an opportunity get back to the second place.

    2nd place a bit far-fetch I thinky but top 10 very high possibility given that all it takes is only an infected but asymptomatic few from the ship.

    Imagine a few of them hand hold hand go Sentosa recce recce and then play a few hand of jackpot and then go orchard disco dance dance. Hosay liao lor.

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  • Asd:

    Xia suay country greedy to get afew more tourist and sell afew more nights of hotel room and air tickets

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  • sg gov motto is...:

    ….”whats wrong with making more money?”.
    if any passenger is found to be infected later, the best place to quarantine n treat them will be the Istana or any ministar’s residence.
    why burden the poor suffering medical hospital staff further?
    this is really too much.

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  • TruBlu:

    Ok,ok,send them to SENTOSA COVE for quarantine.

    Tiny mainland too dense n prone to contagion.
    Else,Istana grounds can hold a temporary hospital n our President can extend our SG WELCOME to them.

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  • PAP $ before lives:

    Now daft Sinkies r u convinced to pap $ is more impt than your lives. viruu monies goes fast, a year bonus may be reduced to 6 mths how can contain corruption as gct said. so cruiseship got tourist got monies
    maybe better hope for 1 year salary bous. ha ha ha stupid sinkies, die so what!

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  • re true blue:

    Quarantine??? No no no embark to shop n eat. tourist dollars else where can ministers get their year bonus of a year pay huh. how much ur life worth huh 0 man!

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  • Capitalize On It:

    How about the PM or DPM meet and greet the passengers and crew upon disembarkation with handshakes, hugs and put leis over them to welcome them ashore? Can also give them a free tour of the city! Be sure the state media put it on the front page for the world to see! This will certainly bring back the tourists!.

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  • more spikes in cases expected:

    yesterday news reported 160 (10 new cases), total in sg.
    …90 oredy cured n discharged.
    7 in critical condition..
    may they all get well soon..

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  • Bobo:

    In the eyes of devils, they are “saving” lives. In the eyes of GOD, they are incurable from the disease of greed.

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  • Bapak:

    Because there is money to make since they change to charging for treatment.

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  • N.Jungne:

    No no, no need to wear facemask, like me.

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  • Homeless Cat:

    Oh, this is not going to end well…

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  • Harder Truths:

    Another publicity stunt at the cost of $G lives. Well done 70%. So far $G has been lucky. That’s all. Pushing the luck showing off to the rest of the world is good for coffin business, watch and see.

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