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    Thailand refuses entry to cruise ship with no coronavirus cases

    By Juarawee Kittisilpa and James Pearson
    ReutersFebruary 11, 2020, 8:17 AM GMT+7

    BANGKOK/HANOI (Reuters) - Thailand has barred passengers from Holland America's cruise ship MS Westerdam from disembarking, its health minister said on Tuesday, the latest country to turn it away amid fears of the coronavirus despite no confirmed infections on board.
    The Netherlands-flagged ship was sailing west, 96 km (60 miles) off the southern coast of Vietnam on Tuesday morning, according to data from the Marine Traffic ship tracking website.

    Holland America, owned by Miami-based Carnival Corp, had said on Monday that passengers would disembark in Bangkok on Feb. 13 and that there was no reason to believe anybody on board had the virus.

    "I have issued orders. Permission to dock refused," Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said in a Facebook post.
    Thai Deputy Transport Minister Atirat Ratanasate said in a separate Facebook post that, while the ship would not be allowed to dock, Thailand "will gladly help providing fuel, medicine, and food" to the ship.

    The coronavirus that emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan last month has caused chaos in Asia and beyond with many flights suspended, businesses disrupted and entry restrictions imposed by governments trying to ward off the spread.

    Another cruise ship, the Diamond Princess, with 3,700 passengers and crew onboard, is quarantined in the Japanese port of Yokohama, with 135 cases of coronavirus detected on the Carnival Corp-owned vessel.

    The World Dream cruise ship was held up in Chinese-ruled Hong Kong for days after it was linked to three cases but all passengers and crew later tested negative and were allowed to disembark.

    The virus has killed more than 1,000 people - all but two in China - and infected more than 40,000, most in China but including 319 cases in 24 other countries and territories.

    The Westerdam had already been turned away from several ports, including in Japan, Taiwan, Guam and the Philippines, amid fears of the virus.
    According to a World Health Organization (WHO) statement, Thai officials have said health authorities there may board the ship to conduct health checks on passengers first before granting permission to disembark.

    VOYAGE TO NOWHERE

    Holland America says no one on board has the virus. Media reports say it carries 1,455 passengers and 802 crew; its original destination was Yokohama, Japan, which refused it permission to dock.
    "The ship is not in quarantine and we have no reason to believe there are any cases of coronavirus on board despite media reports," the company said.

    It had earlier said the Westerdam was sailing towards Bangkok, and it is not immediately clear whether the ship would change course.
    Holland America said it was aware of reports that Thailand planned to refuse permission for the Westerdam to dock there and was "actively working" on the matter.

    "We know this is confusing for our guests and their families and we greatly appreciate their patience," the company said in a statement.
    Some passengers on board the ship said they had not been told that the ship would be unable to dock in Thailand.
    "(We) thought is was all finalised. Everyone has rebooked flights yet again! Now we are back in limbo," passenger Stephen Hansen told Reuters by email.

    American tourist Angela Jones said passengers had been getting regular temperature checks but were becoming frustrated with the uncertainty.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/thailand-...011704151.html
    Last edited by harrymsmarkle; 02-12-2020, 06:05 AM.

  • #2
    Thai logic at it's finest. Block entry to a cruise ship loaded with affluent passengers, and no cases of kung flu- but welcome the Chinese tour group masses in with open arms.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by sabang View Post
      Thai logic at it's finest. Block entry to a cruise ship loaded with affluent passengers, and no cases of kung flu- but welcome the Chinese tour group masses in with open arms.
      How sure are we that they are 'affluent' passengers?
      God, the panic within the Dems, MSM, and left must be horrifying...realizing that Joe is really the best they've got.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Boon Mee View Post
        How sure are we that they are 'affluent' passengers?
        ...they're not pissing over the side...

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        • #5
          Should've closed the borders years ago...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Boon Mee View Post
            How sure are we that they are 'affluent' passengers?
            *crickets*
            God, the panic within the Dems, MSM, and left must be horrifying...realizing that Joe is really the best they've got.

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            • #7
              Try selling tickets in an Isaan village booners- that should answer your question.

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              • #8
                Bitter old men need not apply.

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                • #9
                  Eastern-centric culturally inculcated xenophobia.
                  Originally posted by Fluke;n188618
                  Why does the time state 02 38 PM , when no such time exists ?
                  It should be either 14 38 PM or 02.38 AM

                  Originally posted by Ergenburgensmurgen;n186588
                  What are you talking about, I don't post on Teakdoor.


                  https://thailandchatter.com/core/ima...ies/giggle.gif

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by serrollt View Post
                    Eastern-centric culturally inculcated xenophobia.
                    Super-califragilistic expial idocious...as well...

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                    • #11
                      So, they ended up docking in Sihanoukville. Ah Thailand- the gift that keeps giving (as Hun Sun presumably said).

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                      • #12
                        Must've been pressured in some sort of manner -

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                        • #13
                          Yeh. $$$

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                          • #14
                            I don't think this was a wrong decision to ban entry of the Cruise ships to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Those cruise ships are fully loaded with people with no distance maintained, even I had the chance to go on vacations as the MSC Cruises Promo Codes were being offered with 20% off on touring packages which were obviously very cost-saving than usual. But I chose to follow the SOPs and decided to stay home.

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