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Coronavirus Updates: Westerdam to Cambodia, Extra Diamond Princess Instances

Extra updates on the coronavirus: Holland America Line’s Westerdam is headed towards a brand new port, extra instances have been confirmed on the Diamond Princess and American Airways has prolonged its flight cancellations to China. 

Cruise Updates

Holland America Line reviews that the Westerdam is now crusing for Sihanoukville, Cambodia, the place the present cruise will finish. The ship is scheduled to reach at 7 a.m. native time on Thursday, February 13, after which the road says it can stay in port for “a number of days” for disembarkation. Friends will have the ability to go ashore. 

All visitors onboard are wholesome, Holland America mentioned, and there aren’t any recognized or suspected instances of coronavirus onboard. 

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“All approvals have been acquired and we’re extraordinarily grateful to the Cambodian authorities for his or her help,” the cruise line mentioned in a written assertion. 

Friends will disembark in Sihanoukville over the following few days and switch by way of constitution flights to Phnom Penh for ahead journey house, Holland America mentioned. The cruise line will organize and pay for all flights house, along with a full cruise refund and 100 p.c future cruise credit score.

Future voyage plans are nonetheless being finalized; the February 15 cruise that had been scheduled to embark in Yokohama, Japan, has been cancelled, and the road is assessing the influence of present port restrictions in Asia on cruises departing February 29 or later. 

The Westerdam was on a 14-day cruise that departed Hong Kong February 1. The cruise line tried to shift the crusing’s disembarkation port from Shanghai to Yokohama, and later to Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand, solely to be barred by public well being authorities within the two ports. 

Princess Cruises, in the meantime, has confirmed that there have been 39 new instances of the coronavirus onboard the Diamond Princess, which is presently underneath quarantine in Yokohama till February 19. 

“We’re following steerage from the Japan Ministry of Well being on plans for disembarkation protocols to offer medical look after these new instances,” the cruise line mentioned in a written assertion. “Extra info will likely be shared as quickly as it’s made accessible to make use of by the Ministry of Well being.”

The cruise line has been working to offer quarantined visitors with complimentary Web and cellphone entry, in addition to extra leisure choices, over the course of the quarantine. 

Air Journey Updates

The virus additionally continues to make its influence felt on air journey; most lately, American Airways has introduced it can lengthen its suspension of flights to and from mainland China and Hong Kong from its Dallas – Fort Value and Los Angeles hubs, citing a discount in demand. 

  • Flights between DFW/LAX and the mainland China are suspended by April 24.
  • Flights between DFW and Hong Kong (HKG) are suspended by April 23.
  • Flights between LAX and HKG are suspended by April 24.

Delta has suspended all flights to China by April 30, whereas United Airways has suspended its flights by March 28. All three airways are providing refunds to clients on cancelled flights. 

The World Well being Group (WHO) has formally named this coronavirus COVID-19. In its newest replace, the group mentioned that there have been no new instances reported inside the previous 24 hours. There are presently over 43,100 instances worldwide in 25 nations. There have been 1,018 deaths from the illness to date, all however one in China. 

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