Coronavirus scare: Cruise ship, Westerdam of Holland America Line from Hong Kong was refused entry to Japan

Japanese Government has decided to refuse entry of Westerdam Holland America Liner. This cruise ship had departed from Hong Kong on February 1.

Philippines and Taiwan Governments also refused its entry to their countries.

Is ANOTHER cruise ship set to be quarantined over coronavirus? Japan blocks foreigners from disembarking from Holland America vessel with infected passenger on board

  • apan’s PM Shinzo Abe said no foreigners would disembark the MS Westerdam 
  • One person on the ship, which stopped in Hong Kong, is thought to have virus 
  • Japan has already held Diamond Princess in quarantine with at least 20 infected 

Another cruise ship is facing a coronavirus lockdown after Japan today closed its doors to foreign passengers on a vessel carrying a virus patient.  

Japanese leader Shinzo Abe said no foreigners on board the MS Westerdam would be allowed to disembark in the country. 

One passenger aboard the Holland America liner, which stopped in Hong Kong and is capable of carrying nearly 3,000 passengers and crew, is believed to have the deadly virus. 

Japan is already holding one ship – the Diamond Princess – in quarantine in Yokohama with at least 20 passengers infected. 

Passengers on the Westerdam say the ship has already been refused entry to the Philippines and Taiwan over the virus fears. 

One tourist, Stephen Hansen, has voiced fears that the ship will endure the same two-week quarantine which Diamond Princess passengers are facing. 

In its most recent update, the cruise operator said passengers would now be disembarking in Yokohama rather than in Shanghai as originally planned. 

But Japan appears to have wrecked those plans today by announcing that it would use immigration laws to block entry to foreign passengers. 

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