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Cruise ship held in Lisbon amid virus outbreak

Jan 1, 2022, 8:38 AM | Updated: Jun 13, 2022, 3:42 pm
HAMBURG, GERMANY - JULY 29: The AIDA perla, a cruise ship of AIDA Cruises, stands in Hamburg Port o...
HAMBURG, GERMANY - JULY 29: The AIDA perla, a cruise ship of AIDA Cruises, stands in Hamburg Port on July 29, 2020 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Morris MacMatzen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Morris MacMatzen/Getty Images)

LISBON, Portugal — A cruise ship carrying over 4,000 people has been held in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon after a COVID-19 outbreak infected crew members, the German news agency dpa reported Saturday.

German company Aida Cruises told dpa that it discovered the positive coronavirus cases during routine health checks and has accommodated those infected ashore in coordination with Portuguese authorities in Lisbon.

Portuguese media reported that 52 members of the crew of over 1,000 workers tested positive. None of the nearly 3,000 passengers had tested positive. All on board had passed a screening test and were vaccinated with two doses before the ship set sail from Germany.

The ship is waiting for the arrival of new crew members to continue its journey to Spain’s Canary Islands, dpa said.

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Cruise ship held in Lisbon amid virus outbreak