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Greek health authorities cleared the ship to continue to its next scheduled port of call, without restrictions

Former MSC Opera passenger tests positive for coronavirus (updated)

Thursday update: Following an assessment, health authorities in Corfu, Greece, cleared MSC Opera to call today, without restrictions.

Austrian health authorities on Wednesday notified MSC Cruises that a man who'd sailed on MSC Opera Feb. 17-28 in the Mediterranean tested positive for coronavirus on March 3.

Returned to Austria through northern Italy

The Austrian man had returned directly home through northern Italy on Feb. 28 immediately after disembarking from his cruise in Genoa.

When MSC Opera arrived in Piraeus earlier today, Greek health authorities were informed about the case and reviewed the ship's full medical records as well as the medical and travel history records of the former traveler. Meanwhile, passengers remained on board.

Ship cleared by Greek health authorities

At around 1 p.m. CET the authorities gave MSC Opera permission to sail from Piraeus and continue to its next scheduled destination, Corfu.

No additional measures required

MSC Cruises said no additional health measures were required to be taken and the ship is currently sailing as planned. The company added no passengers or crew currently on board MSC Opera have reported any flu-like symptoms.

The ship is carrying 1,579 passengers and 723 crew.



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