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417 passengers disembark from MS Westerdam, cleared of COVID-19

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Some passengers wave their hands saying goodbye to other passengers who are still on the cruise ship. KT/Chor Sokunthear

A total of 417 passengers will be leaving today from Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh International Airport to their home countries, said Preah Sihanouk deputy provincial governor Mang Sineth.

According to him, 264 passengers were scheduled to take off in the morning while 153 others will take direct a flight to Kuala Lumpur in the evening.

“If there is no change, we will coordinate this task according to the schedule,” Mr Sineth said. Adding that provincial authorities are now continuing to facilitate them with air tickets.

Mr Sineth noted that there will be more to leave on Saturday but that the decision is based on the cruise ship company for the arrangement.

Meanwhile, doctors and police forces are now being deployed to ensure safety and public order for passengers who wish to visit Preah Sihanouk city and beaches.

Sineth said 23 doctors are standing at the port to conduct scanning and checks on the temperature of passengers before allowing them to disembark.

The MS Westerdam, owned by the Holland America Line, was turned away from Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Guam and the Philippines due to fears over the spread of COVID-19.

It was on a 14-day Taiwan and Japan cruise that departed Hong Kong on February 1 with 1,455 guests and 802 crewmembers on board.

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