Passengers cleared after cruise ship delayed in Bayonne over coronavirus scare

The cruise ship Anthem of the Seas is docked at the Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey as passengers were screened for coronavirus

The four Chinese passengers whose feared coronavirus infection has kept a Royal Caribbean cruise ship moored at a dock off Bayonne have all tested negative for the virus, New Jersey officials announced Saturday night.

“All four passengers from the cruise ship docked in Bayonne tested negative for novel coronavirus,” Gov. Phil Murphy (D) tweeted.

“New Jersey currently has no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus and the risk to residents remains low.”

The four suspect passengers had been escorted off the Anthem of the Seas cruise liner by infectious disease experts from the Centers for Disease Control as soon as it docked on Friday.

But fears of a coronavirus outbreak onboard — sparked when one of the Chinese passengers contracted a fever — have proven ill-founded. The fever, which was caught by the three other passengers, turned out to be from the common flu, officials said.

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The symptoms for the flu and nCoV are the same. But for the grace of God, we dodged a bullet since the paramedics did not wear face masks and goggles. This time.

David DeGerolamo

      
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