Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands yesterday assured that a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that is rumored to have passengers with coronavirus infections was not docked in The Bahamas recently.
A New York Post article that was widely shared said the Anthem of the Seas had “at least a dozen” Chinese nationals on board who were being isolated. The article alleged the ship was returning to New Jersey from The Bahamas.
However, Sands yesterday urged Bahamians not to share unverified information.
“There is a report circulating that the Anthem of the Seas was allegedly in The Bahamas prior to a trip to New Jersey,” he said.
“It is further suggested that persons on board are thought to be suffering from coronavirus infections.
“The Anthem of the Seas has not been in The Bahamas for more than a month. The last time it docked was January 2, 2020.”
In a statement, Royal Caribbean addressed the rumors, noting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans to test four passengers for the coronavirus in “an abundance of caution”.
“None of the four guests showed any clinical signs or symptoms of coronavirus while they were on board our ship,” it read.
“Our records indicate the guests had not been in China since January 26 – 14 days ago.”
It noted that one passenger did test positive for the flu.