Thailand Says 27 Westerdam Passengers Negative for Coronavirus

19th Feb 2020

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All 27 passengers aboard the Westerdam cruise ship who arrived in Thailand tested negative for the novel coronavirus, the Ministry of Transport announced.

Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob said on Monday that all passengers have been released to their destinations. Two Thais who were among the passengers also tested negative and showed no symptoms of the virus.

The Westerdam cruise - which was carrying 2,257 passengers - was allowed to dock in Cambodia 13 days after it was turned away by five ports including Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Guam, and the Philippines over fears of coronavirus.

As of Tuesday, Thailand has 35 records of coronavirus infections, the latest being a member of a Chinese family visiting Thailand.

Earlier this week, Thailand intensified its screening on passengers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and Singapore. It also urged Thai nationals to postpone their visits to Japan and Singapore amid the growing number of coronavirus patients in the two countries despite no direct contact with Chinese people.

The Airports of Thailand, operator of six of Thailand’s international airports, said it would also tighten measures for arriving passengers who were aboard the luxury Westerdam cruise ship that docked in Cambodia.

More passengers are set to arrive at SuvarnabhumiDon Muang, and Phuket international airports until February 21, but AOT said all said airports will have a separate bay for carriers arriving from Cambodia, similar to the practice imposed on carriers from China.

Suvarnabhumi Airport handles 19 daily flights from Cambodia, while Don Muang and Phuket receives one flight each from the said country.