A bird’s-eye view of the skyline at sunset in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on December 8, 2018.
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The Westerdam cruise ship will be permitted to dock in Cambodia, according to a new statement from Holland America Line. The ship had previously been refused entry by 5 nations over issues that guests might have been contaminated with the new coronavirus that has eliminated 1,116 and sickened over 45,000< a data-ga="[["Embedded Url","External link","https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6",{"metric25":1}]] href=" https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740 fd40299423467 b48e9ecf6" rel =" noopener noreferrer" target= "_ blank "> worldwide

” Westerdam is now sailing for Sihanoukville, Cambodia, where the current cruise will end. We will come to 7:00 a.m. local time on Thursday, Feb. 13 and will stay in port for several days for disembarkation, “Holland America Line told Gizmodo by means of e-mail.

” Guests will have the ability to go ashore. All approvals have actually been received and we are very grateful to the Cambodian authorities for their assistance,” the statement continued.

The cruise ship, which has 1,455 visitors and 802 crew, had been denied entry by Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, and the U.S. area of Guam prior to attempting to dock in Thailand on Monday. The Thai government revealed < a data-ga="[["Embedded Url","Internal link","https://gizmodo.com/cruise-ship-denied-entry-by-multiple-countries-over-cor-1841594228",{"metric25":1}]] href=" https://gizmodo.com/cruise-ship-denied-entry-by-multiple-countries-over-cor -1841594228" > on Tuesday that it would not be permitting the Westerdam to dock in Bangkok regardless of the fact that nobody on board has a validated case of the infection.

” All guests on board are healthy and regardless of incorrect reports there are no understood or thought cases of coronavirus on board, nor have their ever been,” Holland America Line, which is owned by Miami-based Carinval Corp, told Gizmodo.

Why are people going crazy about this specific cruise? A traveler who disembarked from the Westerdam on its drop in Hong Kong later tested positive for the coronavirus.

The guests of Westerdam will now disembark at Sihanoukville, Cambodia and take chartered flights to Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh over the next few days, according to Holland America Line. The cruise line will spend for all flights house, which had been a concern for guests who kept needing to reschedule flights from various places where the ship was initially going to dock.

Yesterday, the World Health Company (WHO) offered a name to the disease that this new coronavirus causes, calling it < a data-ga="[["Embedded Url","Internal link","https://gizmodo.com/theres-now-an-official-name-for-the-wuhan-coronavirus-i-1841602804",{"metric25":1}]] href=" https://gizmodo.com/theres-now-an-official-name-for-the-wuhan-coronavirus-i-1841602804" > COVID-19, but the virus itself still does not have an irreversible name beyond the original designation,2019- nCoV.

The initial last destination for the Westerdam’s 14- day cruise was Yokohama, Japan, a city that is currently experiencing its own coronavirus crisis. The Diamond Princess was quarantined on arrival in Japan and passengers have actually not been permitted to leave.

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he Diamond Princess cruise liner sails toward Daikoku Pier where it is being resupplied and freshly detected coronavirus cases considered treatment as it stays in quarantine after a variety of the 3,700 people on board were identified with coronavirus, on February12,2020 in Yokohama, Japan.
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Specialists caution that it’s extremely unusual for health authorities to demand that people stay quarantined on the cruise ship, particularly given that many of the passengers are elderly.

” This is almost like a shooting gallery for the virus. It does not make sense and is almost cruel,” Amesh Adalja from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security just recently told the < a data-ga ="[["Embedded Url","External link","https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/cruise-ship-coronavirus-infections-double-exceeding-the-total-for-any-country-but-china/2020/02/10/20d298ca-4c3a-11ea-b721-9f4cdc90bc1c_story.html",{"metric25":1}]] href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/cruise-ship-coronavirus-infections-double-exceeding-the-total-for-any-country-but-china/2020/02/10/20 d298ca-4c3a - 11 ea-b721 -9 f4cdc90 bc1c_story. html" rel="noopener noreferrer" target =" _ blank" > Washington Post

But Japan’s health ministry hasn’t budged. The only method off that boat is by getting sick. At least until the quarantine period, originally set up for14 days, is over.

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Marco Bitran
Husband and father of two children under age 5, Marco also enjoys walks in nature, squash, running road races, and photography. He regularly contributes significant time and resources to the Combined Jewish Philanthropies, the MSPCA and other animal rights organizations, and the Bitran Charitable Foundation. Marco has also volunteered and consulted for public housing support organizations such as the Somerville Homeless Coalition, created by the local community’s grassroots response to the social crisis of homelessness.