A US citizen who arrived in Malaysia after disembarking in Cambodia from the MS Westerdam cruise ship has tested positive for the new #SARSCoV2

  • The 83-year-old woman flew to Malaysia with 144 fellow passengers after disembarking from the ship in Cambodia
  • The Westerdam had been stranded at sea for two weeks after being blocked by five nations over coronavirus fears, until Cambodia allowed it to dock
A US citizen who arrived in Malaysia after disembarking in
Cambodia

from the MS Westerdam cruise ship has tested positive for the new

coronavirus

, the Malaysia Health Ministry said on Saturday.

The 83-year-old American woman flew to
Malaysia

on Friday from Cambodia along with 144 others from the ship, said Malaysian health ministry, adding that her 85-year-old husband had tested negative.

The MS Westerdam, which had 1,455 passengers and 802 crew on board, had been stranded at sea for two weeks after being turned away from five countries – the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and Thailand – over coronavirus fears, before docking at Cambodia on Thursday.

The ship arrived at an anchoring point in the port of Sihanoukville early on Thursday morning to allow Cambodian officials to board and collect samples from passengers with any signs of ill health or flu-like symptoms.

The passengers were tested regularly on board, and Cambodia also tested 20 once it docked on Thursday. All the fluid samples
came back negative for the coronavirus

, Cambodian authorities said.

Passengers
began disembarking

from Sihanoukville on Friday, and were expected to have been sent on their way by Sunday.

www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3050814/coronavirus-us-passenger-westerdam-cruise-ship-infected