Coronavirus: 17 from TN stuck on ship, govt warns those spreading rumours

A total of 17 Indian passengers, all from Tamil Nadu, are stranded in a cruise ship that is docked in the Nile near Luxor city in Egypt since Thursday after 12 crew members and 33 passengers tested positive for Covid-19.

One passenger from Chennai has been moved to a hospital in Alexandria after showing symptoms of virus infection, and the captain has announced that all the passengers in the ship will be quarantined for two more weeks.

After the ship was docked in Luxor, all the passengers were screened. Those who tested positive were shifted to a hospital, including one passenger from Chennai.

“The crew told us that we will be quarantined for 14 days more. We were asked to remain in rooms. The crew is also not providing us food on time and not asking about medical requirements of the passengers who are senior citizens.

The crew is also not communicating to passengers properly who are all in a state of panic,” said Vanitha Rengaraj, 60, founder of Sharanalayam orphanage in Coimbatore, who along with her husband R. Rengaraj, 62, are among the stranded.

Meanwhile, criminal action will be initiated against those spreading false information about Covid-19, Tamil Nadu health minister C Vijaya Baskar said.

More than 40 people across the country, including one person in Tamil Nadu, have been tested positive for novel coronavirus. Speaking to reporters, he said, “False messages are creating needless panic. Everyone need not wear a mask. There are no preventive vaccines for the disease. Treatment offered by doctors is symptomatic. There is no epidemic in the state.”