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Maybe it's a poor translation, but the headline doesn't match the story. The story says "The tests were sent to laboratories in Chetumal and the results will be ready tonight, said the official, who stressed that they have adhered to what the international and national protocols mandate for the case." The key word is WILL. Sounds like results aren't in yet.

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Just posted on the https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2737420-msc-meraviglia-being-denied-access-in-jamaica/ thread (post #205)

 

15 minutes ago, brilliantseas said:

Update to put minds at ease onboard MSC Meraviglia. From the State Secretary of Health in Quintana Roo. Translated from Spanish.

 

Update | Meraviglia case 9:30 p.m. Laboratory tests performed on two passengers on the Cozumel cruise confirmed Influenza. This is a common viral disease throughout Mexico. Health actions confirm the strength of the epidemiological surveillance system.

 

 Alejandra Aguirre @AleAguirreC_

https://twitter.com/AleAguirreC_/status/1233223029699883011

 

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Currently on Mera at the dock in Cozumel. At 12:35am the cruise director announced we could go ashore immediately--some did! He said we would leave Friday night at 10pm and go directly to Miami rather than stop at the private island.

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I am glad that there was not Coronavirus. What is scary is that the ship had been denied access to two ports just because of the suspicion. What would have happened if it were really Coronavirus? 

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8 hours ago, jimw said:

Currently on Mera at the dock in Cozumel. At 12:35am the cruise director announced we could go ashore immediately--some did! He said we would leave Friday night at 10pm and go directly to Miami rather than stop at the private island.

Thats a shame. I don't care losing Jamaica or dominican but this Island would make me upset. any way it is what it is. not a good timing for vacation right now. 

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8 hours ago, jimw said:

Currently on Mera at the dock in Cozumel. At 12:35am the cruise director announced we could go ashore immediately--some did! He said we would leave Friday night at 10pm and go directly to Miami rather than stop at the private island.

 

There must be a reason why they did that. I think most people would have preferred Ocean Cay over Cozumel..

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Statement On MSC Meraviglia's West Caribbean Cruise This Week

2/28/2020

 

UPDATE: February 28, 2020 - 8:25am EST

 

Geneva, Switzerland, February 28, 2020 - MSC Cruises has said its ship MSC Meraviglia has been given ‘a clean bill of health’ by Mexican health officials following medical checks on a crew member and a young female guest who both had common seasonal flu after the vessel arrived in Cozumel, Mexico.
 
Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises, said: ”The Mexican authorities followed the correct maritime protocols whereby a ship in advance provides medical records of any passenger or crew member who is or has been unwell to the next port she visits.” 
Health experts boarded the ship to check the medical condition of one crew member and one young female guest who had seasonal flu. In addition to the checks that are customarily run to give a ship a clean bill of health, out of an abundance of caution they conducted overnight additional tests on both of them.
 
The results were tested at a Mexican Ministry of Public Health laboratory in the city of Chetumal and determined that the condition of both the crew member and guest was in no way whatsoever associated with the COVID-19 coronavirus. The ship was given a clean bill of health.


MSC Meraviglia previously had been unable to make scheduled calls to both Ocho Rios, Jamaica and George Town, Grand Cayman. Guests couldn’t disembark at either island because local authorities had decided to ignore the same established health protocols that today saw the ship receive a clean bill of health.
 
Mr Vago added, ”We would like to thank the Mexican authorities for their preventative health professionalism, which is the only way to demonstrate certainty to populations ashore, as well as to guests and crew on board.  
 
”The disappointing decisions by Jamaica and Grand Cayman to bar our ship to allow our passengers to disembark and enjoy their islands was born out of fear, not best medical practice. This led to unnecessary and unjustifiable anxiety, not only for our passengers and crew on board, but right across the Caribbean’s tourism sector, and possibly even further beyond.”
 
Guests on board MSC Meraviglia will be able to spend a full day today (Friday, February 28) ashore in Cozumel. The ship will depart later tonight to return to her homeport of Miami, Florida on Sunday,  March 1.  
 
MSC Cruises has told all of its 4,580 guests on board that they will receive a 100% refund of their cruise fare due to the disruptive nature of their vacation.   
 

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58 minutes ago, gmbhardy said:

 

There must be a reason why they did that. I think most people would have preferred Ocean Cay over Cozumel..

 

Could be the weather prediction for tomorrow at Ocean Cay:  https://www.weathercrave.com/weather-forecast-bahamas/island-9671/weather-forecast-ocean-cay-msc-marine-reserve-tomorrow

 

Cool (66 F/19 C) and significant wind (which can hamper docking).

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