Eight passengers who sailed on Costa Cruises’ Costa Diadema have tested positive for COVID-19, Roger Frizzell, spokesperson for Carnival Corp., the parent company to Costa, confirmed to USA TODAY Friday. The cruise ship, which continued on its journey carrying all French passengers, will cut its voyage short as France has reinstated its state of health emergency in relation to COVID-19.
Costa Diadema, which was chartered by a French company and had all French passengers, departed from Genoa on Sept. 28 and ended its journey on Oct. 12. It then departed on a second 14-day voyage with many of the same passengers on board Oct. 12 and returned to Genoa on Friday 10 days earlier than intended.
On Oct. 10, seven passengers from the first sailing disembarked in Palermo after testing positive for COVID-19.
“All guests were tested and required to be negative to board,” Frizzell said. “Following excursions in Greek islands, (they were) tested again before returning to Italy, and seven preliminarily tested positive.” As part of the cruise line’s coronavirus protocols, passengers are required to be tested if they leave the country of the ship’s origin and return to that country in accordance with Italian law.
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