Updated Jan 31, 2020 - Health

Thousands released from Carnival cruise ship after coronavirus scare

The Costa Smeralda cruise ship is docked in Italy

The Carnival Costa Smeralda cruise ship docked in Italy. Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP via Getty Images

Approximately 6,000 Carnival cruise ship travelers have been released after a passenger from Macau experienced possible coronavirus symptoms but tested negative, the BBC reports.

The state of play: Officials feared the ship would be the first impacted by the coronavirus spread. Diseases can quickly flourish among cruise ship passengers because so many people are in such close proximity to each other.

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