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Covid scare on cruise to nowhere highlights perils of resuming tourism

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Bloomberg12/10/2020 08:29 AM GMT+08  • 5 min read
Covid scare on cruise to nowhere highlights perils of resuming tourism
"This isn’t going to have a fairytale ending and we wake up one day and it’s all over," said NUH's Dale Fisher.
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The optimism on display just two months ago when Singapore Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung pledged to reopen the city-state and its tourism-reliant economy has taken a beating after a possible local coronavirus case was found aboard one of Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd.’s ships.

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, the 1,680 passengers on Quantum of the Seas -- enjoying day three of a four-day cruise to nowhere -- and 1,148 crew were alerted to an announcement that a suspected case of Covid-19 had been discovered, the voyage was being cut short and everyone should remain in their staterooms.

“At 2:30am, the captain made an announcement saying that the vessel was officially going into quarantine.”
A Royal Caribbean cruise turned back to Singapore after a #Covid19 case was found. @mangogemini reports from the ship.

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