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Limnos: Passenger ferry with 418 onboard in quarantine after crew falls ill

Passenger ferry “Blue Star Mykonos” was placed in quarantine in the port of the island of Limnos in the early hours of Thursday,  after a crew member fell ill with coronavirus symptoms.

According to media, the captain of the ferry reported to health authorities that one of his crew was running a fever and ordered an ambulance to come pick him up off the ferryboat at the northern mainland port of Kavala on Wednesday night.

The ferry continued its scheduled and sailed from Kavala to Limnos where it arrived at 2 o’ clock in the morning., where the captain and the Blue Star company operating the ferry were informed that the crewman may be sick with Covid-19.

The National Public Health Organization (EODY) subsequently ordered that the ferry be placed in quarantine at Limnos’ main port in the capital, Myrina.

On board of the ferry are 341 passengers and 77 crew members.

The mayor of Limnos told state broadcaster ERT TV that some passengers had got off the ferry before it was placed in quarantine.

According to media, a total of 127 passengers disembarked on Limnos and have been instructed by health authorities to stay at home until the coronavirus test results are out.

The ferry is reportedly to remain in quarantine also until results are out.

The ship was supposed to sail to Agios Efstratios, Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Fournoi, Ikaria, Mykonos, Syros and Piraeus after leaving Limnos.

Finally, the crew member was tested negetive on coronavirus and the ferry got the green light to continue its journey on Thursday afternoon.

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