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Cruise ship with re-positive case suspended for 21 days

23 October 2021

By The SUN


Spectrum of the Seas is grounded until Nov 11 after one of its crew tested positive for Covid-19

Cruise ship, “Spectrum of the Seas”, has been suspended from going out to sea for 21 days after one of its male crew tested positive for Covid-19 on Oct. 21, but with a very low viral load, indicating a re-positive case.

The news comes as six new imported cases were reported today, Oct. 23, taking Hong Kong’s total Covid-19 tally to 12,319.

The test result on the male sea crew halted the scheduled “cruise to nowhere” by the luxury liner on Thursday, after about 1,000 of its passengers had already boarded. About 1,200 people were booked for the cruise.

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According to the Centre for Health Protection, a sample collected from the man on Oct 19 by a private laboratory tested indeterminate on Oct 21. A confirmatory test done by the Department of Health laboratory on the same day tested positive for Covid-19, with a very low viral load.

After the patient was taken to hospital Friday, further tests yielded negative results, while his antibody test was positive.

Information supplied by the cruise company showed the crew was found infected in Malaysia in July, but repeated tests in Hong Kong after he arrived in August all had negative results.


“Based on the epidemiological and laboratory findings, the case is compatible with a re-positive case,” said the CHP.

Despite this, a compulsory testing notice was issued for everyone who had been aboard the ship for at least two hours between Sept 30 and Oct 21, when the patient was on board, to undergo testing. In addition, his close contacts have been taken to a quarantine center.

“For prudence sake, the CHP has also requested the cruise to suspend its journey for 21 days. They can receive guests starting from November 11,” said the CHP, which continues to follow up the case.

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Meanwhile two of today’s patients tested positive at Penny’s Bay Quarantine Center and another at a public hospital where he accompanied a young family member who was found infected earlier.

A room at Penny's Bay, where 2 of today's patients tested positive

The ones who were at Penny’s Bay is a 30-year-old Indonesian domestic worker who arrived on CX 776 on Oct 19, and a 48-year-old male sea crew from the Netherlands who was transferred there after a shipmate tested posi


tive on arrival, also on Oct 19.

Already at the hospital is a 35-year-old man whose three family members who arrived with him from Mongolia via Korea on CX419 on Oct. 17 all tested positive earlier. They include a 3-year-old girl, a one-year-old boy and a 38-year-old woman.

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Two other patients arrived via CX252 from Britain on Oct 19, both males, aged 47 and 51. They were both staying at Kerry Hotel in Hung Hom when they tested positive on their third-day sample.

The last patient is a 69-year-old man who also flew from Britain via VS206 on Oct 17. He was staying at Ramada Harbour View Hotel in Sai Ying Pun when he tested positive on his fifth day.

Five of the cases today involve the L452R mutant strain, while the test result for the sixth is pending.

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