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COVID-19 outbreak on one of first cruise ships to resume voyages in Arctic Norway

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Text is opening portion of story in the link below. Photos are of the ship were the outbreak occurred and tourists in Svalbard on Saturday who mostly were not wearing masks despite strict official safety requirements.



At least 33 crew members aboard Hurtigruten’s Roald Amundsen during a voyage to Svalbard that ended Friday have tested positive for COVID-19, one day after officials initially reported two employees tested positive shortly before the ship docked.


In addition, all passengers from the trip and one the previous week during voyages in Svalbard since July 17 must be quarantined at the order of  Norwegian health authorities. One passenger from the first voyage tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.


The initial reports of infects raised questions locally and globally – which are almost certain to intensify now – about whether cruises were allowed to resume too soon after a ban on them in Norway was enacted due to the pandemic.



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