As many as 66 of the over 2,000 people on board the Cordelia cruise ship, which came to Goa from Mumbai, have tested Covid positive, state health minister Vishwajit Rane said on Monday. A medical team in PPE kits came on board to conduct RT-PCR tests of the passengers and crew members. Officials had instructed that no one should disembark from the ship before the result of the RT-PCR test was declared. The liner is anchored close to Mormugao Port cruise terminal.
A day after it docked in Goa following arrival from Mumbai, more than 2,000 passengers continue to remain stuck on the cruise ship as their testing for Covid-19 continued on Monday. Local authorities made it clear that no one would be allowed to disembark from the vessel until the testing process is completed.
The cruise liner, where the NCB busted a high-profile rave party in October last year, was carrying hordes of New Year revellers. The testing of the passengers was necessitated after one crew member was found positive for Covid-19 on Sunday, an official said. He said the exact number of passengers infected with the coronavirus would be known later in the day after the entire process of testing their samples is completed. The Cordelia ship, operated by a private cruise liner firm, had arrived at the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) from Mumbai on Sunday.
Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Sunday told reporters that the ship operator had been asked to conduct the tests of all the passengers, and they would not be allowed to disembark if they are found infected with the coronavirus.
On Sunday, Goa reported 388 new Covid-19 cases, taking the infection tally in the state to 1,81,570, while one death raised the toll to 3,523, as per official data.