Jamaica refuses to accept cruise ship passengers over coronavirus fears

A cruise ship carrying thousands of passengers has not been allowed to enter Jamaica over coronavirus fears.

The 4,5000-capacity MSC Meraviglia is currently been detained in Ocho Rios after red flags were reportedly raised by health inspectors onboard.

Reports on the ship suggest Jamaican immigration is "currently denying disembarkation".

Global cases of the virus have now passed 80,000, the vast majority of those in China.

The ship will be turned away if any issues are detected on board.

Passengers have been seen standing on deck but there has been no confirmed cases detected with one report saying action has been taken as a precaution.

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The MSC Meraviglia was launched in June 2017 and sails to more than 200 destinations around the world.

Hours earlier, a hotel in Tenerife was been placed on locked down after a visiting Italian doctor and his wife tested positive.

Guests at the Costa Adeje Palace Hotel are not allowed to leave their rooms.


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The World Health Organization said on Monday the world should do more to prepare for a possible pandemic.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock today said he was "not planning" a trip to northern Italy as the Government defended its approach to the coronavirus outbreak.

People coming back from affected areas have been told to self-isolate but the Foreign Office has not changed its travel advice, meaning flights continue to take Britons to the region.

Downing Street insisted its approach was based on medical evidence but stressed that travel advice was kept under review.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is "deeply concerned" that Iran's government may have suppressed crucial details about the outbreak.

He said: "The United States is deeply concerned by information indicating the Iranian regime may have suppressed vital details about the outbreak in that country.

"All nations, including Iran, should tell the truth about the coronavirus and co-operate with international aid organisations."

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