Mar 15, 2020 - Health

Golden Princess held off New Zealand as passengers quarantined over coronavirus

The Golden Princess cruise ship

The Golden Princess in Sydney Harbour in 2017. Photo: James D. Morgan/Getty Images

Passengers on another Princes Cruises ship have been prevented from disembarking over the novel coronavirus, this time off the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand, Canterbury District Health Board (DHB) officials confirmed at a news conference Sunday.

The big picture: New Zealand has introduced some of the world's toughest border restrictions to combat the virus.

  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Saturday New Zealand had banned all cruise ships from entering the country until June 30 and all travelers coming from abroad must self-isolate for 14 days upon their arrival.
  • One of three passengers quarantined aboard the Golden Princess, docked at Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula, is being treated as a suspected coronavirus case after displaying symptoms, a Canterbury DHB official said. The other two had been in contact with the patient in the past two weeks.

Of note: Princess Cruises, owned by Carnival, announced Thursday that it's pausing global operations for two months in response to the outbreak.

  • Its Diamond Princess ship saw one of the first major outbreaks of the virus outside of China when it docked at Japan in January, with some 700 passengers infected and several deaths from the virus reported.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with more details and context.

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