September 25, 2020

Coronavirus: Maltese doctors protest over MSC Opera cruise ship

Doctors on Malta are threatening to take industrial action if a cruise ship is allowed to dock in spite of coronavirus concerns.

The Swiss-owned MSC Opera, which is carrying 2,302 passengers and crew, is due to arrive on Friday.

An Austrian passenger who left the ship at Genoa, Italy, on 28 February was later diagnosed with the virus.

But the ship’s owner says the vessel was inspected by Greek health officials and given permission to sail on.

The Greek authorities examined the vessel twice, in Piraeus (Athens) and then Corfu, from which it departed for Malta, according to a statement by MSC Cruises.

Malta’s health department is expected to release a statement on Friday about the issue, the Times of Malta reports.

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