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American Passenger on Westerdam Cruise Contracted Coronavirus

  • Woman diagnosed in Malaysia after 2,257 released from ship
  • Passengers, crew disembarked cruise in Cambodia on Friday

An 83-year-old American passenger of the luxury cruise ship Westerdam was diagnosed with the coronavirus a day after more than 2,200 passengers and crew disembarked in Cambodia after being turned away by five other ports.

The ship was allowed to dock in the port city of Sihanoukville on Friday after being barred by countries including Japan and Thailand over fears it harbored the coronavirus. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been skeptical of the severity of the virus, personally distributed roses and shook hands with the Westerdam’s passengers as they disembarked.