Doctors threatened industrial action
The prime minister's office said MSC Cruises agreed to bypass the island to 'avoid unnecessary public unrest.' Local doctors had threatened industrial action if MSC Opera were allowed to call.
Review shows no evidence of COVID-19
In a statement, the prime minister's office said a review of the ship's medical records found no evidence of coronavirus on board.
MSC Opera had visited Corfu Thursday after public health authorities gave the go-head there. The day before, Piraeus authorities had allowed the ship to continue without restrictions.
On Wednesday Austrian health authorities informed MSC Cruises that a man on MSC Opera's prior voyage, Feb. 17-28, tested positive for coronavirus March 3.
The Austrian man had returned directly home through northern Italy on Feb. 28 immediately after disembarking from his cruise in Genoa.
Next scheduled stop: Messina
MSC Opera's next scheduled call is Messina, Italy, on Sunday.