Virus-hit Italian cruise ship leaves Nagasaki


The Italian-flagged cruise ship Costa Atlantica left the city of Nagasaki on Sunday after all crew members currently on board tested negative for the novel coronavirus.

The ship, which had been hit by cluster infections, left the Koyagi plant at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.’s Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works for Manila. The vessel was undergoing maintenance at the facility.

From April 20, 149 of the ship’s crew totaling around 600 were confirmed to have the COVID-19 infection. All those on board were individually isolated, and crew members who tested negative were allowed to return to their home countries.

A total of 495 crew members had already returned home. Six remain hospitalized in Nagasaki and will be allowed to go home as soon as they recover.

“We’re relieved,” Hodo Nakamura, the governor of Nagasaki Prefecture, said. “We wish them a safe voyage.”

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