ROYAL Caribbean has now banned all Chinese nationals from boarding its ships due to concerns about the fast spreading coronavirus.
The US-based cruise liner said the decision had been made to “protect guests and crew” by maintaining a “safe and healthy environment”.
The ban comes as coronavirus confirmed cases has globally jumped to 40,000,with many cases from China.
A statement on the Royal Caribbean’s website said its decision had been taken after discussions with the Center for Disease Control, the US government agency responsible for ensuring public health and safety by the prevention of disease.https://tatahfonewsarena.com/china-to-rewrite-bible-quran-to-reflect-socialist-values-of-communist-party/
“We have been working with medical experts, public health authorities, and local governments, and in alignment with new stricter CDC protocols, we are tightening our measures to protect guests and crew,” the statement read.
“These steps are intentionally conservative, and we apologize that they will inconvenience some of our guests.
“Until further notice, all ships in the Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. fleet will adopt these health screening protocols.”
“We will deny boarding to all holders of China, Hong Kong and Macau passports.”
The statement added that guests who have travelled from or through those countries in the last 15 days would also not be allowed to board.
It said all guests who had been affected by the the decision would be given a full refund.
Over the weekend, the company was forced to delay a voyage by its ship Anthem of the Seas while measures were carried out to ensure no-one on board had coronavirus.
Diamond Princess, a ship owned by operator Carnival, is currently docked and under quarantine at Yokohoma port after an outbreak was confirmed on board.
So far, 136 of the 3,700 passengers on board the ship have tested positive for the virus.
Above 50 airlines have stopped flights to and from China amid the virus outbreak.
The US, Australia, and Singapore have also put a stop to the entry of foreign nationals who have been in China for the past 14 days.