Aug 3, 2020 - Health

At least 41 people test positive for coronavirus aboard Norwegian cruise ship

A cruise ship.

The Hurtigruten Roald Amundsen is moored on August 3, 2020 in Tromsø, Norway. Photo: Terje Pedersen/NTB Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images

At least 5 passengers and 36 crew members aboard a Norwegian cruise ship have tested positive for the coronavirus, and authorities fear the outbreak may have spread to towns along the country's western coast, AP reports.

Why it matters: Cruise ships have shown to be a prime vector for coronavirus spread. Hundreds were infected aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in the early days of the pandemic.

The state of play: Hurtigruten's MS Roald Amundsen is now docked in the city of Tromsø, where the sickened passengers and crew were taken to a hospital. All 158 crew members have been tested.

  • 33 of the 36 crew members that tested positive are from the Philippine with the others from Norway, France and Germany.
  • Officials fear the virus may not have been contained on the ship because some passengers disembarked along the route and may have spread it to local communities.
  • 69 towns could be affected, news agency NTB reported.

What they're saying: "We have made mistakes. On behalf of all of us in Hurtigruten, I am sorry for what has happened. We take full responsibility,” Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam said in a statement.

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