March 3, 2020 - We receive a wide variety of reports about the coronavirus every day. Three of the reports seem remarkable to us. A press release from MEYER WERFT reports on increased health protection. Two passengers on the AIDAaura are suspected of being infected by the coronavirus and AIDA Cruises is ending the Asia season early.
One after the other: MEYER WERFT in Papenburg is trying to prevent the coronavirus with effective measures to protect the health of employees, suppliers and partners. It is said that all precautionary measures taken are closely coordinated with medical experts and the regulatory authorities and are based on the guidelines of the CLIA cruise association. Customers of the shipyard implement such steps in the same way on their cruise ships. The following preventive measures have been adopted:
- All employees are prohibited from business trips to the virus-affected areas of China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Italy or South Korea (high-risk areas). In addition, business trips should be avoided as far as possible.
- There are more hand disinfection stations on the shipyard site.
- All employees are warned to take responsible and forward-looking action to take care of their own health and that of their colleagues.
MEYER WERFT - Papenburg site
According to a report by NDR, the AIDAaura is in the Norwegian coastal town Haugesund in the north of Stavanger firmly. The reason: there is a suspicion of the corona virus on board the cruise ship. Two passengers originating from Germany could be infected with the corona virus. Before leaving, they had been in contact with a third person, whose infection has now been confirmed. This person is not on board the ship. The two passengers are not allowed to leave their cabin at the moment until the final test result is available. A first examination of the two did not show any signs of illness. The final test result is expected early this afternoon.
Update: March 03, 2020, 3pm
AIDA reports that the Coronavirus / COVID-XNUMX was not detected in any of the passengers tested. The AIDAaura continues its journey.
AIDAbella in the port of Barcelona
AIDA again: The Rostock shipping company ended its Asia season prematurely. The ships AIDAvita and AIDAbella with a total of around 3.300 passengers on board are affected by this decision. According to shipping company spokesman Hansjörg Kunze, there were no suspected or confirmed cases of the virus on board the AIDA ships. AIDA Cruises is thus following the approach of the parent company Costa Crociere SpA