Coronavirus latest updates: Sydney cruise ship passenger tested for Covid-19

  • Coronavirus latest updates: Sydney cruise ship passenger tested for Covid-19

Coronavirus latest updates: Sydney cruise ship passenger tested for Covid-19

A cruise ship operator has reassured the public that all passengers are in "good health" after false reports that a Norwegian Jewel ship had been placed in lockdown in Sydney Harbour due to a possible coronavirus case.

According to The Australian, health officials are testing a Singaporean man who became sick following a respiratory complaint.

The cruise ship arrived in Sydney from Auckland on Friday morning, docking at the worldwide passenger terminal at Circular Quay.

The Norwegian Jewel, registered in the Bahamas, is a 15-year-old cruise ship with a capacity of almost 2,400 passengers.

The man is being tested as a precaution.

The itinerary of the Norwegian Jewel, which has docked in Sydney after visiting posts around New Zealand.

"To mitigate any impact of this rare occurrence, we implemented stringent sanitation procedures".

The spokesperson said that reports of a passenger being taken to hospital overnight was unrelated to the coronavirus, which is now known as COVID-19.

It departed from Dunedin four days ago, having been sailing between ports in New Zealand.

The ship had also visited Auckland, Tauranga, Gisborne, Wellington and Akaroa.

The cruise ship hit the headlines during an earlier New Zealand visit in December when a man jumped over board near Mahia Peninsula and was never found.

CCTV footage showed the 62-year-old Australian jumping overboard from the Norwegian Jewel.

The ship has capacity for 2376 guests, is 294 metres long, and has 1069 crew.