Thousands of passengers on a Hong Kong cruise ship have been detained for coronavirus testing after health authorities said nine passengers were linked to the latest Omicron group.
Authorities forced the Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas, which began sailing on Sunday on a « cruise anywhere, » to turn back early in the day, according to a government statement.
The ship was ordered to return after nine passengers were identified as having close contact with an infected patient who was linked to a new batch of Omicron.
The ship returned to Hong Kong this morning and passengers were being held on board while they waited for testing.
Royal Caribbean said in a statement that the nine guests were immediately isolated and all underwent negative tests, and that the company was working closely with authorities to comply with pandemic prevention policies and regulations.
Over the past week, Hong Kong authorities have closed several apartment buildings linked to emerging Omicron groups in an effort to prevent the spread of the Corona virus in the city.
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The groups emerged after several Cathay Pacific crew members broke isolation rules and dined at restaurants and bars in the city, before testing positive for the Omicron variant.
Royal Caribbean said that guests who were on the affected ship will receive a 25% refund on fare.
The ship’s sailing has also been canceled tomorrow as the crew will have to undergo mandatory tests, and these guests will receive a full refund.
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