Royal Caribbean Covid-19 case is 83-year-old passenger who tested negative before boarding

He had reported to the medical centre with diarrhoea.

Tanya Ong | December 09, 2020, 11:07 AM

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An 83-year-old passenger on board the Royal Caribbean International's Quantum of the Seas has tested positive for Covid-19.

The ship has since turned back and returned to Singapore on Dec. 9.

Passengers on board the Royal Caribbean International's Quantum of the Seas who did not have close contact to the Covid-19 patient will be allowed to leave the ship.

Details about the patient

For Royal Caribbean cruises, passengers are required to take a PCR test 72 hours before departure.

The passenger had taken a mandatory Covid-19 PCR test prior to boarding, and was tested negative, Annie Chang, Director (Cruise) at the Singapore Tourism Board said in a statement shared with Mothership.

He had reported to the onboard medical centre with diarrhoea, and underwent a mandatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test as part of the onboard protocols.

As part of the protocols for a positive test during a cruise, the passenger was immediately isolated and his initial close contacts were identified and isolated.

All on-board leisure activities were also ceased immediately and passengers were asked to stay in their cabins.

The passenger's close contacts have since tested negative following PCR testing and further contact tracing is ongoing.

Top photo via Royal Caribbean/FB

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