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75 Norwegian Cruise Line Seafarers Repatriated to SVG

75 Norwegian Cruise Line Seafarers Repatriated to SVG
The Oceania Marina at Port Kingstown yesterday, repatriating 75 Vincentian seafarers, employed by the Norwegian Cruise Line company.

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Seventy-five employees of the Norwegian Cruise Line were repatriated to St Vincent and the Grenadines on board the Oceania Maria, which docked at Port Kingstown today.

All 75 seafarers tested negative for COVID-19, a report from the National Emergency Management Organization said on Thursday evening.

“Swabs for these PCR tests were collected on June 16, processed at the BEST-dos SANTOS Public Health Laboratory in Barbados and reported today June 18.

All of these nationals are scheduled to disembark on Friday, June 19 and will complete a 14-day mandatory quarantine in their homes or a government approved facility,” the release said.

“St Vincent and the Grenadines now has 26 recovered COVID-19 cases. This follows the receipt of the second negative PCR result for one person from the Public Health Laboratory at CARPHA.

These results were included in a batch of results for 25 samples sent to the lab on Wednesday June 17, 2020.

“Four Disney Crew members who disembarked on June 15, also tested negative for COVID-19.

“No new positive COVID-19 cases were reported, so there are now three active cases of COVID -19 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, out of a total of 29 recorded cases,” the release said.

NEMO is again urging the public to maintain strict hand hygiene, cough etiquette, physical distancing in public spaces, smart mask use and strict adherence to quarantine and isolation instructions to ensure that we continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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