A ship has been grounded off the coast of Mauritius due to health risks

A ship has been grounded off the coast of Mauritius due to health risks

Since Saturday evening Norwegian Dawn It was frozen off the coast of Mauritius with more than 2,000 passengers and more than a thousand crew members on board. Mauritius health authorities took samples on board the ship on Saturday and Sunday. Results are expected on Tuesday. Meanwhile, no one can leave the ship.

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With our correspondent in Port Louis. Abdullah Erli

Liner Norwegian Dawn It has been stationary off the coast of Port Louis since Saturday evening, February 24. It is blocked by the Mauritian authorities who prevent any arrival or departure of the ship. They fear there is an infectious disease on board.

The 2,182 passengers, from 53 different nationalities, in addition to the 1,000 crew members, are awaiting the decision of the health services in Mauritius, which is expected by Tuesday at the latest.

The island's health authorities took samples on Saturday and Sunday from the ship's passengers and crew. Laboratory tests are performed to detect possible infections, including gastroenteritis and cholera.

Represented in Mauritius by IBL Shipping, the Norwegian Dawn I planned to embark on several regional cruises. Departed Mauritius on 13 February for stops in South Africa and Madagascar. It was then supposed to make a short stop in Reunion, but was refused berth there for health reasons.

Knowing this, the Mauritian authorities do not want to take any risks.

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