Health minister: Why some cruise ships allowed to dock in Thailand


  • Thailand
  • Thursday, 13 Feb 2020

BANGKOK (The Nation/ANN): The government allowed two cruise ships, the Seabourn Ovation and Quantum of the Seas, to dock at Phuket because the majority of the 2,000 passengers aboard each were European, Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said this week.

The Westerdam had been denied permission to berth at Laem Chabang Port in Chonburi because most of its passengers are from Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland, and China is dealing with an outbreak of the coronavirus Covid-19, he said.

He added that The Ovation and Quantum had not been turned away from other ports, whereas the Westerdam was struggling to find a place to dock, he added.

Also, Anutin said the Ovation and Quantum’s stays in Phuket were for only 10 hours.

Trisulee Trisaranakul, a deputy government spokeswoman, said the Ovation’s medics reported that non of the passengers had shown symptoms of the virus anywhere along its voyage.

Thailand has no measure to restrict passenger ships, she said, but the ministry was obliged to follow safety procedures and earn the public’s confidence. - The Nation/Asia News Network

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