Cruise ship returns to Singapore after COVID-19 case is found on board
Posted On July 14, 2021
SINGAPORE, July 14 (Xinhua) – A cruise ship has returned to Singapore after a case of COVID-19 was found on board, the Straits Times reported on Wednesday.
The newspaper quoted Annie Chang, cruise director for the Singapore Tourism Board, as saying that a 40-year-old passenger was identified as close contact of a previously confirmed case and was immediately isolated as part of the health protocols on board.
The passenger underwent polymerase chain reaction tests on board and the result was positive, and was taken to hospital for further confirmatory testing.
Three of the passenger’s traveling companions were identified and isolated. They have tested negative for COVID-19 and contact tracing is ongoing.
The ship, christened World Dream, joined Genting Hong Kong’s Dream Cruises fleet in November 2017. She set out on Sunday for a four-day “cruise to nowhere”.
The ship returned to Singapore and arrived at the Marina Bay Cruise Center around 6:30 a.m. local time on Wednesday, a few hours ahead of schedule.
The passenger tested negative in the mandatory pre-departure rapid antigen test on the day of departure and was reportedly given two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.