Twenty-two former passengers of the Viking Cruise Journey left the Kingdom yesterday and flew to their home countries after testing negative twice for COVID-19.
Sao Wathana, director of Phnom Penh International Airport, said yesterday the American, British and Canadian nationals departed Phnom Penh International Airport via charter flights at about 9.30am.
“Their countries arranged for the charter flights and they left this morning,” he said.
Or Vandine, Health Ministry spokeswoman, said yesterday the 22 passengers of Viking Cruise Journey cleared health checks before leaving just like what the government did with passengers of the MS Westerdam cruise ship.
“They can fly to their countries because they have health certificates showing they were tested [negative for COVID-19]” she said.
Earlier this month, the Viking Cruise Journey docked along the Mekong river in Kampong Cham city after it travelled from Ho Chi Minh city. Upon its arrival, several cruise passengers tested positive for coronavirus.
Chea Krouch, spokesman for Kampong Cham Provincial Hall, said yesterday four passengers who tested positive are two Americans and two Britons. They are being treated at the provincial referral hospital and are in a stable condition.
He said 31 crew members of the cruise ship are still onboard and are being monitored for the virus.
“The ship is not allowed to leave yet because, based on advice from the Health Ministry and WHO, we have to monitor them since we suspect some crew members had direct contact with the four passengers who have COVID-19,” he said.