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Ship with COVID-19 cases heads to The Bahamas

A cruise ship with five cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is on its way to The Bahamas.

In a statement, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines said that one guest and four crew members have tested positive for COVID-19.

The ship was expected to arrive in Barbados today.

However, Fred Olsen said it had to change course “following a cautious response from the local authorities”.

The ship “is now heading towards The Bahamas, its flag state,” according to the cruise line.

“We are currently working with The Bahamas, the UK (United Kingdom) government, UK Chamber of Shipping and Public Health England to ensure that all guests can return home as soon as possible,” it said in a statement.

The Nassau Guardian understands that the matter is before Cabinet and that a statement will be issued later today.

Acting Minister of Health Jeffrey Lloyd said Cabinet is reviewing the matter.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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