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Crew and guests on MS Fridtjof Nansen tested negative for COVID-19

Pressemelding   •   aug 06, 2020 16:30 CEST

All crew members and all guests who were tested for COVID-19 onboard MS Fridtjof Nansen have tested negative.

MS Fridtjof Nansen is currently on her way back to Hamburg, at the end of a two-week expedition cruise along the coast of Norway.

Monday Hurtigruten informed about four crew members being isolated because of common cold symptoms. All four tested negative for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

The results for everyone else who was tested on board were ready Thursday morning. All 162 crew members have tested negative. 168 of the 171 guests have also tested negative. The remaining three guests chose to not be tested.

-We are of course very glad that everyone has tested negative. We have not had any reason to suspect infection, but take all precautions. We are in close dialogue with the Norwegian and German authorities and follow all recommendations from them, says VP of Global Communications in Hurtigruten, Rune Thomas Ege.

Quarantine procedures have been followed for guests and crew since Monday. These will be continued for the three guest who chose not to be tested until further notice.

- We are encouraging everyone to get tested, but we can’t force guests to do it, says Ege.

The situation on MS Roald Amundsen

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has reported new numbers after the outbreak on MS Roald Amundsen. 37 crew members and 16 guests have tested positive. Tromsø municipality on Thursday stated that they have retested the crew and expect the number of infected to be higher.

Four members of the crew were admitted to the University hospital of North Norway (UNN) last week. Two have later been discharged, while another two have been admitted.

Hurtigruten has initiated an external investigation of the outbreak on MS Roald Amundsen.