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Coronavirus

COVID-19 scare aboard Singapore cruise a false alarm, authorities say

83-year-old man who had tested positive declared virus-free

Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas is docked in Singapore, after a COVID-19 scare during a "cruise to nowhere."   © Reuters

SINGAPORE (Reuters) -- A passenger who tested positive for COVID-19 aboard a 'cruise-to-nowhere' from Singapore, forcing the ship to return to dock and nearly 1,700 guests to isolate, has been found not to have the virus, Singapore's health ministry said on Thursday.

Passengers on Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas vessel were held in their cabins for more than 16 hours on Wednesday after an 83-year old man tested postive for COVID-19 after he came to the ship's medical centre with diarrhoea.

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