Docked cruise ship in Japan has 33 coronavirus cases

Nagasaki authorities have confirmed 33 coronavirus cases on cruise ship Costa Atlantica (IMO 9187796), which has docked for repairs. The Nagasaki prefecture has appealed for help from the central government to tackle the incident.

Tests proved positive for 33 of the 56 close shipboard contacts of a single one of the vessel’s 623 crew, whose infection had been confirmed on Tuesday April 21st.

Japanese health authorities are now testing the rest of the crew.

Those who test positive with slight symptoms or who are asymptomatic will stay aboard for monitoring, while those in serious condition will be taken to medical institutions, Nakamura said, with those testing negative sent to home nations.

Nagasaki governor Hodo Nakamura said that there were “a lot of infections on board, and we don’t have the medical system to confirm the health situation and to separate,” those who test positive and negative, he added.

“We’ll also need a system for transporting patients. It’s difficult for the prefecture to carry out decontamination work so I want to seek the country’s support.”

Only crew were on the Costa Atlantica, which is operated by Costa Cruises SpA, when the ship was taken into a shipyard in Nagasaki city in late February by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a unit of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

Repairs were meant to take place in China, but the Covid-19 epidemic there meant the cancellation of that plan.

2000-built, Italy-flagged, 85,861 gt Costa Atlantica is owned by CSSC Carnival Italy Cruise of Genoa, Italy. ISM manager is Carnival Maritime GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Steamship Mutual, With Gard and with UK Club.