COZUMEL, MX.— In the next hours, at 9:30 p.m., the Meraviglia cruise ship, from the Italo-Swiss firm MSC, must arrive in the outer band of the Punta Langosta cruise ship, whose arrival generated a stir on this island and the State because, supposedly, a passenger with a coronavirus travels on board.
The arrival of the vessel, with 4,580 passengers and 1,604 crew members, mobilized the State health authorities and the Municipal Health Committee from an early hour.
The secretary of Health, Alejandra Aguirre Crespo, confirmed in a press conference that from an early hour the information on a cruise ship from Jamaica was followed in which a passenger with symptoms of Acute Respiratory Disease travels, “but it is definitely not a case of coronavirus and the operational definition is not fulfilled, so that today we continue without cases in Quintana Roo ”.
- At the time of docking the cruise will any test be applied to the passenger? -She was asked.
- The study was already done to the patient and does not meet the “operational definition” – he insisted.
As part of its itinerary, the boat arrived in Jamaica, where a study was requested for the passenger, in order to confirm if he is sick with influenza. The test was applied, but no passengers were allowed to descend.
The same happened in Grand Cayman, because the test results were not yet available, so the boat continued its journey to Cozumel. On the way he received confirmation that the patient, who is isolated on the ship, contracted influenza,
MSC said in a statement feeling “disappointed” by the decision to prevent the descent of passengers in Jamaica and Grand Cayman and added that no passenger on the Meraviglia cruise ship has symptoms of coronavirus, an outbreak in China that has left thousands of infected around of the world.
According to the World Health Organization, the protocol to submit a patient to a coronavirus test is that they had been in China in 14 days prior, upper airway symptoms, fever, or had contact with someone who has traveled to that Asian country or with suspicious cases.
However, despite the fact that the Ministry of Health did not object to the arrival of the cruise, the Southeast Consignee Agency requested the Captaincy of the Port and the Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo to cancel the berthing of the Meraviglia cruise ship, “on instructions from International Health “
The Department of Epidemiological Surveillance and International Health of the State Secretariat of Health, responded with an authorization for “free talk”, that is, the docking of the vessel.
Consequently, the agency invalidated its notice of cancellation of arrival of the cruise, which will remain docked in Punta Langosta until tomorrow at 6:00 p.m.
The municipal president, Pedro Joaquín Delbouis, confirmed that from early on he summoned the Municipal Health Committee, composed of municipal and state health authorities, civil associations, private and public hospitals, councilors of Cozumel and the Armed Forces to give timely follow-up to the case and ensure the health of Cozumeleños and Quintana Roo.
“MSC Meraviglia has communicated that the ship and the administration of the company are in contact with local health authorities so that medical and sanitation protocols are followed on board,” he added.