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Jakarta Post

American woman from cruise ship tests positive again for coronavirus in Malaysia

  • News Desk


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   /   Sun, February 16, 2020   /   04:51 pm
American woman from cruise ship tests positive again for coronavirus in Malaysia MS Westerdam cruise ship is seen past fishing boats as it approaches port in Sihanoukville, Cambodia's southern coast on February 13, 2020, where the liner had received permission to dock after been refused entry at other Asian ports due to fears of the COVID-19 coronavirus. - Japan, Guam, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand all refused to allow the ship to dock, despite operator Holland America insisting there were no cases of the deadly disease -- which has killed over 1,100 -- on board. (AFP/Tang Chhin Sothy)

An American passenger from a cruise ship docked in Cambodia has tested positive for the new coronavirus a second time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia said on Sunday, after the cruise operator sought further tests.

Malaysia said on Saturday the 83-year-old woman who had been onboard the MS Westerdam, operated by a unit of Carnival Corp , had tested positive for the virus after arriving in Kuala Lumpur from Cambodia. She was the first from the ship, which was carrying 1,455 passengers and 802 crew, to test positive.

But the cruise ship operator had sought more tests. Cambodian authorities also called on Malaysia to review its test results.

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Waz Azizah Wan Ismail said on Sunday a retest was carried out on the American late on Saturday night and she tested positive again. Her husband tested negative.