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Fears of Global Coronavirus Contagion as 3,000 Cruise Passengers Go Home

  • Westerdam guests, crew released before infected case detected
  • 14 infected among U.S. citizens evacuated from ship in Japan
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More than 3,000 travelers on two coronavirus-stricken Carnival Corp. cruise ships are returning home, fanning out to more than 40 countries and fueling fears of further contagion from the deadly virus.

Just a day after disembarking the cruise ship Westerdam in Cambodia, an 83-year-old American woman tested positive for the virus in Malaysia, raising doubts about the more than 2,200 others who are already making their way home or set to get off the ship. The Westerdam had earlier been turned away by five other ports on concern it harbored the virus.