Greek cruise ship has around 20 coronavirus cases, say police

A policeman checks a runner for valid documents in the city of Thessaloniki, Greece on March 31. (AP pic)

ATHENS: A Greek cruise ship was placed in quarantine near Athens with 383 people on board after about 20 passengers tested positive for COVID-19, port police said Tuesday.

The Eleftherios Venizelos was sailing from Turkey to Spain when it stopped at the port of Piraeus on March 22.

The Greek-owned ship “could not continue to Spain because of the serious situation in that country due to the new coronavirus,” a police spokeswoman told AFP.

Around 20 people on board have tested positive for Covid-19 and the ship must now stay in Piraeus, the official said.

Only 33 of the 383 passengers and crew are Greek, according to the coast guard which did not give a breakdown of the other nationalities.

Greece currently has 1,212 official cases of the novel coronavirus and has recorded 47 deaths.

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