In light of rising cases of Covid-19, Norway is restricting cruises

Norway imposed restrictions along its coasts for cruises carrying more than 100 people on Monday. This decision comes after the discovery of 41 cases of coronavirus on board MS Roald Amundsen from the company Hurtigruten.

The emergence of a “cluster” is not taken lightly. Following the emergence of dozens of cases of Covd-19 aboard a ship from the national company Hurtigruten, Norway announced on Monday, August 3, restrictions on cruises along its coasts.

Ships carrying more than 100 people, including crew, will no longer be able to stop and board their passengers in the country’s ports for at least two weeks, Minister of Health Bent Høie explained at a press conference. .

This measure, which does not apply to ferries, affects half a dozen companies licensed to board.

10-day quarantine imposed on passengers

Earlier Monday, Hurtigruten decided to cancel all its so-called “expedition” cruises after cases were discovered on board one of its ships. At least 41 people, including 36 mainly Filipino crew members, tested positive for coronavirus after two cruises in July aboard the MS Roald Amundsen between mainland Norway and the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has requested that all passengers on the two cruises concerned observe a quarantine of ten days from their return ashore and undergo tests.

The vast majority of these are Norwegians, but the list also includes some passengers of German, Danish, British, American, French, Estonian and Latvian nationality.

Criticized, the company acknowledges “failures”

The appearance of this “cluster” in a country that has managed to curb the pandemic has aroused criticism from the shipowner, accused of having restarted its activities prematurely and delayed, after the discovery of the first case, in informing the 386 passengers who participated in the current cruises.

“We failed, we made mistakes,” company manager Daniel Skjeldam said at a news conference. “I offer my deepest apologies.”

The company acknowledged “failures in several of [ses] internal procedures “, in particular with regard to health measures prior to the extradition of foreign personnel and the delay in informing passengers. The Norwegian police, for their part, announced that an investigation had been launched.

With AFP