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American woman from cruise ship tests positive again for coronavirus in Malaysia

By Ebrahim Harris and Matthew Tostevin

 

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The cruise ship MS Westerdam at dock in the Cambodian port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Matthew Tostevin

 

KUALA LUMPUR/ SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia (Reuters) - An American passenger from a cruise ship that docked in Cambodia has tested positive for the new coronavirus a second time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia said on Sunday, after the cruise firm and Cambodian authorities sought further tests.

 

The 83-year-old woman was the first passenger from the MS Westerdam, operated by Carnival Corp unit Holland America Inc, to test positive for the virus. She tested positive in the Malaysian capital where she arrived on Friday from the Cambodian port of Sihanoukville.

 

But the cruise ship operator had sought more tests, saying the first result was preliminary. Cambodian authorities also called on Malaysia to review its test results.

 

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Waz Azizah Wan Ismail said on Sunday the American woman tested positive again on Saturday night.

"The COVID-19 retest was carried out on the husband and wife pair late last night and the results were the same. That is positive for the wife and negative for her husband," Wan Azizah told reporters.

 

A total of 145 passengers from the cruise ship had arrived in Malaysia but only the American couple showed symptoms, Malaysian authorities have said.

 

Wan Azizah said 137 passengers have left Kuala Lumpur, while another six are awaiting flights to their destinations.

 

Malaysia will not allow any more Westerdam passengers to enter the country "taking into account that all those passengers were in close contact with the earlier positive case", she said.

 

Malaysia will also turn away any cruise ship that departed or transited at any port in China, Wan Azizah said.

 

The Westerdam passengers were tested regularly on board and Cambodia also tested 20 once it docked. None was found to have the new coronavirus that has killed more than 1,600 people, the vast majority in China.

 

It arrived on Thursday in Cambodia carrying 1,455 passengers and 802 crew. It had spent two weeks at sea after being turned away by Japan, Taiwan, Guam, the Philippines and Thailand.

 

Holland America said 236 passengers and 747 crew remained aboard the vessel.

 

Cambodia's government said its own tests had been done in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Mam Bun Heng, Cambodian Minister of Health, was not immediately available for comment on Sunday.

 

There are widespread fears that cruise ships around Asia may be spreading the virus. The biggest cluster outside China has been on the Diamond Princess, quarantined off Japan's Yokohama. Out of about 3,700 passengers and crew on board, 355 people have tested positive.

 

Vietnam turned back two ships on Friday.

 

(Reporting by Ebrahim Harris and A. Ananthalakshmi in Kuala Lumpur, Matthew Tostevin and Clare Baldwin in Sihanoukville, Prak Chan Thul in Phnom Penh; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Muralikumar Anantharaman)

 

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2 minutes ago, BestB said:

This virus is either weird or they still

do not understand it . Woman tested positive but her husband negative . They shared same room, slept on same bed and hubby did not contract it  and yet it’s spreading and claimed to be airborne . 

Could be that he hasn't reached the 14 day period, e.g. she might have got it 10 days a go, earlier than the up to 14 days it is known to take, and he still has a few days, regardless, totally irresponsible to allow people to disembark until the 14 days, no doubt it has already spread further now. 

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14 minutes ago, BestB said:

This virus is either weird or they still

do not understand it . Woman tested positive but her husband negative . They shared same room, slept on same bed and hubby did not contract it  and yet it’s spreading and claimed to be airborne . 

There is no reliable fast test yet. It's also believed that in some case the viral load is too low during incubation. 

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/13/health/us-coronavirus-test-kits/index.html

 

I read that in China sometimes they need 4-5 tests before getting a positive result. 

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I bet Hun Sen, being 67 y.o., is feeling just a bit twitchy just now. Maybe should have gone easy on the hugging and kissing.:shock1:

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So Cambodia has the capability to test all those passengers? I highly doubt it. This could be the route the virus needed to get out of China.

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57 minutes ago, gargamon said:

So Cambodia has the capability to test all those passengers? I highly doubt it. This could be the route the virus needed to get out of China.

OP clearly states they tested 20, assuming 20 who were ill or unwell one way or another 

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3 hours ago, BestB said:

I have no idea , all I know is that no one knows anything . Watched video from US , I think it was a WHO conference , where they basically said  origin is unknown , 100% not from the seafood market . It is airborne, do not need to be in contact to contract it. They also said SARS was nothing in comparison to corona and China is lying , real numbers last week were at almost 60000 dead and by the end of the month most likely will reach 300000-500000

 

another scary thing that was mentioned , was that it could of been man made 

would you please post the link for that video? Search doesn't helped.

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12 hours ago, BestB said:

This virus is either weird or they still

do not understand it . Woman tested positive but her husband negative . They shared same room, slept on same bed and hubby did not contract it  and yet it’s spreading and claimed to be airborne . 

Perhaps they did not share the same partner. Life has many surprises. 

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40 minutes ago, Haecksler said:

would you please post the link for that video? Search doesn't helped.

Can not , was on Facebook for 2 days and have not seen it appear again 

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30 minutes ago, Beggar said:

Perhaps they did not share the same partner. Life has many surprises. 

At 80 years old on a cruise ship.  Highly unlikely 😂😉

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2 minutes ago, BestB said:

At 80 years old on a cruise ship.  Highly unlikely 😂😉

I have friends here with 80++ here in Pattaya. They are old but still very fit and enjoy their life to the fullest or better what the red light district here in Pattaya has to offer. 

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