A cruise ship anchored off Uruguay has 60% of people aboard Covid-19. Travel companies are trying to bring passengers ashore.
An Australian travel company is trying to bring passengers aboard a cruise ship. About 60% of people on this ship were infected with Covid-19, according to the Guardian.
The company that operates the ship, Aurora Expeditions, said on April 7 of 132 passengers and 85 crew, 128 were positive for Covid-19. Most guests on board are Australian citizens. There are also citizens of New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom.
“Most of the people on that ship were infected,” said Karina Rando, one of 21 Uruguayan doctors sent to the ship.
Many positive people still have no symptoms, but they can still be at risk, Ms. Rando said.
“There are many patients over the age of 70, many with other chronic diseases like heart and lung disease,” says Rando.
The ship sailed on March 15 from the Argentine port of Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. The ship intends to make a 16-day voyage to Antarctica and the South Georgia island.
Symptoms of Covid-19 infection began to appear shortly after the ship’s departure and the ship had to divert to the Montevideo capital of Uruguay. Even the doctor on the train had a fever and could not carry out his duties.
The Greg Mortimer has been anchored 20 km off the coast of Uruguay since March 27. However, the government of the country refused to allow ships to dock and passengers ashore.
This decision was withdrawn at the weekend. A Uruguayan navy ship was dispatched to Greg Mortimer to take six seriously ill passengers to the British Hospital in Montevideo.
Australian and New Zealand citizens on board will board the emergency flight to Melbourne on April 9, Uruguayan authorities confirmed on the afternoon of 7/4.
The cost per passenger is about 9,300 USD and the cruise company has asked the Australian government to help with the cost. Upon arrival, passengers will be subject to mandatory isolation for 14 days.
Covid-19 European and American passengers must wait until they are negative, then we can take them to São Paulo, Brazil and go home and, the cruise ship company said.
As of April 7, Uruguay had 406 cases of Covid-19 and 6 deaths.