Around 7,000 people held on cruise ship at Italian port over coronavirus fears

Around 7,000 people held on cruise ship at Italian port over coronavirus fears
Italian media outlets report around 7,000 people are stuck on a cruise ship near Rome until two passengers test negative for coronavirus. (Source: CNN)

CIVITAVECCHIA, Italy (CNN) – Italian media outlets report that coronavirus fears have around 7,000 people stuck on board a cruise ship off the Italian coast.

The Costa Smeralda is docked at a coastal town northwest of Rome.

None of the thousands of people aboard the ship can leave until coronavirus tests come back negative on two passengers.

The passengers, a husband and wife from Hong Kong, are being kept separately in solitary confinement in the ship’s hospital.

The wife, a 54-year-old Chinese woman, has a fever. Her husband has been isolated as a precaution.

Test results were expected to be in Thursday afternoon, according to Italian media.

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