February 11, 2020 / 1:15 AM / 11 days ago

Thailand bars cruise passengers amid coronavirus fears

BANGKOK, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Thailand has refused permission for passengers from Holland America’s cruise ship MS Westerdam to disembark, its health minister said on Tuesday, the latest country to turn it away amid fears of the spreading coronavirus.

The company, owned by Miami-based Carnival Corp, had said on Monday that passengers would disembark in Bangkok on Feb. 13 and that there was no reason to believe anybody aboard had the virus.

"I have issued orders. Permission to disembark refused," Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said in a Facebook post.

Reporting by Juarawee Kittisilpa; Writing by Matthew Tostevin; Editing by Kim Coghill

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