First Cruise Ship to Sail Post-Coronavirus Lockdown Forced to Dock After 12 Crew Members Test Positive

The first cruise ship to sail in Greece post-coronavirus lockdown was forced to dock Tuesday after 12 crew tested positive for the contagion, local officials said.

The Maltese-flagged Mein Schiff 6 set sail from Heraklion in Crete on Sunday evening, but its journey was halted following the “unclear positive COVID-19 tests” from 12 of the 666 crew on board, according to Agence France-Presse.

The positive cases, however, were later “identified as negative” in two rounds of follow-up tests after local health authorities boarded the docked cruiser, TUI Cruises said.

The 12 crew members and 24 others who had been in contact with them remained in isolation awaiting further test results, the cruise said — with all 922 passengers also forced to stay on the ship, which docked in Piraeus.

By Tuesday morning, the apparently positive members had undergone two tests — the first a PCR test administered by the cruise line and then a rapid antigen test by Greek authorities, according to USA Today. The latter indicated the first test may have been a false positive.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Lee Brown