In a blow to cruise industry hopes of a return to some kind of normal, 12 crew members on board TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 6 have tested positive for COVID-19. The ship, the first to be allowed to start cruising from Greece, departed Crete Sunday evening, with all passengers having tested negative for coronavirus before boarding.
However, sample testing of 150 of the ship’s 666 crew members found that 12 tested positive for the virus, newspaper Kathimerini reports, citing Greece’s Civil Protection agency.
“They are all asymptomatic. There are PCR test kits on board. The vessel will most likely return to Piraeus port for repeat rapid COVID-19 tests,” an official at the Civil Protection Agency is quoted by the newspaper as saying.