Seven Vietnamese nationals onboard quarantined cruise ship in Cambodia

Update: 16:16 | 11/03/2020
A total of seven Vietnamese nationals on board the cruise ship Viking Cruise Journey has been put into isolation for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, according to the Vietnam Embassy in Cambodia.
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Vietnamese Ambassador to Cambodia Vu Quang Minh. (Photo: TTXVN)

Following a discovered COVID-19 case involving a 65-year old British woman on board the Viking Cruise Journey, Cambodian authorities swiftly moved to put all passengers and crew members into quarantine to undergo strict surveillance and testing for the COVID-19.

Vu Quang Minh, Vietnamese Ambassador to Cambodia, stated that the cruise ship is currently anchored off the coast of Kampong Cham province in Cambodia.

At present, the Vietnamese Embassy in Cambodia are closely monitoring the situation and have subsequently sent a working group to support all Vietnamese citizens aboard the quarantined cruise ship.

Originally, the Viking Cruise Journey had departed from Ho Chi Minh City on March 5 and arrived in Phnom Penh on March 7.

With the vessel currently anchored in Kampong Cham province, there are a total of 64 people on board, including 30 passengers and 34 crew members.

Previously, as a direct result of the country notifying Cambodian authorities of the presence on the cruise ship of a passenger who had been on the same flight with Vietnam’s 17th COVID-19 patient, the Cambodian health sector has taken samples from COVID-19 suspected people for testing and an individual was tested positive for SARs-CoV 2 virus.

As a result, the infected patient has been put into isolation in order to undergo treatment in Kampong Cham province.

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(Source: VOV)