Covid-19: Hong Kong’s ‘cruise to nowhere’ grounded – 1,000 people to undergo tests as crew member found positive

A “cruise to nowhere” lived up to its name after a staffer tested positive for Covid-19, prompting the last-minute cancellation of the trip from Hong Kong as well as mandatory testing orders for more than 1,000 passengers who had already boarded the Spectrum of the Seas.

The 40-year-old crew member registered positive on Thursday following a routine test on Tuesday before boarding, the government said. He appeared to be asymptomatic and had a low viral load.

Spectrum of the Seas. Photo: Hong Kong Tourism Board.

The man had been fully vaccinated in May but was diagnosed with coronavirus in July in Malaysia, a statement from the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said. He arrived in Hong Kong in August and had tested negative 10 times since then.


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