T&T blocks ‘Princess’ after gastro, flu outbreak on ship

Lux­u­ri­ous cruise ship Caribbean Princess which was sched­uled to dock in Port-of-Spain to­day has been de­barred from en­ter­ing our shores due to dozens of sick pas­sen­gers and crew on board the ves­sel.

The move was in­sti­tut­ed by the Im­mi­gra­tion Di­vi­sion and Chief Med­ical Of­fi­cer as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure.

This came hours af­ter Bar­ba­dos’ chief med­ical of­fi­cer Ken­neth George con­firmed that the ves­sel was de­nied clear­ance to dock at the Bridgetown Port yes­ter­day, fol­low­ing re­ports that sev­er­al pas­sen­gers had fall­en ill af­ter board­ing the ship.

A doc­u­ment which lo­cal health, im­mi­gra­tion and tourism work­ers re­ceived yes­ter­day was leaked to the T&T Guardian stat­ed that the chief med­ical of­fi­cer and chief im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cer have giv­en “di­rec­tives” to de­ny the ar­rival and clear­ance of the Caribbean Princess at the Port of Port-of-Spain on Mon­day.

“This de­ci­sion was made in una­nim­i­ty due to cas­es of ill­ness such as acute gas­troen­teri­tis and in­fluen­za-like ill­ness cur­rent­ly af­fect­ing an un­usu­al amount of pas­sen­gers and crew on board. While there are no con­firmed cas­es of the nov­el Coro­n­avirus on board, our au­thor­i­ties have made this de­ci­sion as a pre­cau­tion giv­en the cir­cum­stances,” the doc­u­ment stat­ed.

Charles Car­val­ho, gen­er­al man­ag­er of St James-based Car­val­ho Agen­cies—the ship­ping agent for Caribbean Princess in a tele­phone in­ter­view with Guardian Me­dia yes­ter­day con­firmed that the ship has been pre­vent­ed from dock­ing here.

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