PM gives all-clear on tests
None of the three passengers onboard the Carnival Fascination cruise ship tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19.
Word of the negative tests came from Prime Minister Mia Mottley earlier tonight as she and a team prepared the embark the vessel, which is now docked at the Bridgetown Port.
Three passengers exhibited flu-like symptoms while on the cruise and although those symptoms disappeared before they reached Barbados, the decision was taken to implement the protocols for the virus and conduct tests.
The ship was anchored offshore for several hours.
Earlier today, Mottley called a press conference at Government Headquarters to refute rumours that more than 170 people on the vessel were ill.
Instead, she revealed 37 Barbadians, and 140 passengers who were coming to make connections at the Grantley Adams International Airport, were among the voyagers.
Mottley said every precaution would be taken to ensure the health of the nation was protected and the Ministry of Health later issued a travel advisory on China and South Korea. (SAT)