The daily death toll in the Chinese province at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak halved on Friday, officials said, while passengers on a cruise ship blocked from five countries due to virus fears finally disembarked in Cambodia.
"We will immediately begin making our way to Sihanoukville in Cambodia", Westerdam Captain Vincent Smit told passengers, as reported by The Guardian.
People at the docks prepared to welcome passengers with bouquets of flowers, as embassy officials and Cambodian health authorities waited alongside journalists.
"We also would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all of Westerdam's guests, crew and their loved ones for their patience, support and positive attitude during this two-week ordeal", added Kruse.More news: Hopper lives! Beloved character appears in ‘Stranger Things 4’ teaser from Netflix
Though authorities from many countries also said the ship was safe, their accounts had "insufficient information" and failed to change the government's decision, Mr Anutin said.
The minister said he was not confident that the medical team on the cruise ship were capable of testing whether or not passengers had caught the virus.
Pictures this morning showed the ship docking in Sihanoukville.
"If someone does fall sick, it is possible to confine them to cabins, but the ship facilities are often not equipped to deal with many severe illness at a time". "Therefore, a cruise ship is a place for viruses and other microbes to rapidly spread".
Of the number, 687 passengers were to continue sailing from February 1 and arrive in Yokohama, Japan, on February 15 for the next embarkation, Holland America Line said. "We want to eliminate the fear of disease", he said in an interview with Fresh News, an online news service close to his government. Thailand and four other nations and territories had turned the ship away because of concerns over the coronavirus. "No idea when we will get off but it is warm and sunny and the spa is hot", Mr Holst posted on social media late last night. But Hanson was satisfied by the operator's handling of the marine mishap and the promise of full refund.
Sally Walmsley, who is on the cruise with her husband and three kids, says her family has had to cancel most of their travel plans because of the outbreak. "We appreciate it very much", Joe Spaziani, 74, from Florida, told local reporters at the port.More news: Shannen Doherty admits she is struggling with cancer diagnosis
The Westerdam departed Hong Kong on February 1 on a 14-day Taiwan and Japan cruise.
What happens next for the passengers remains uncertain.
In response to the outbreak, Cruise Lines International Association whose member lines make up more than 90 percent of ocean-going cruise capacity worldwide, has issued new policies requiring pre-boarding screening. A vast majority of cases have been in mainland China.
But even long after disembarking, cruise passengers may still cause a health scare. At least until the quarantine period, originally scheduled for 14 days, is over.
"My honest thanks to the government of Cambodia and Prime Minister Hun Sen for clearing the way for Westerdam Cruise ship", WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a tweet early Thursday morning (local time).
All this followed an initial false alarm on January 30, when almost 6,000 passengers and crew members were kept on board the Costa Smeralda cruise ship in Italy, while officials investigated a potential coronavirus case of a 54-year-old Chinese passenger who showed flu-like symptoms.More news: What Iowa and New Hampshire tell us about Medicare for All