Most People On Antarctica Cruise Ship Have The Coronavirus

Doctor Sebastian Yancev, who participated in the operation to diagnose and treat passengers on the Australian Greg Mortimer cruise ship for the new coronavirus, poses for a photo in front of the ambulance that was used to move the patients to local hospitals in Montevideo, Uruguay, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

(AP) – Nearly 60 percent of 217 people – many from Australia, Europe and the United States – on board a cruise ship off the coast of Uruguay have tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Aurora Expeditions, the Australian operator of the Greg Mortimer ship, is working to disembark the crew and passengers and arrange flights to their home countries. It says there are currently no fevers on board and all those who tested positive for the virus are asymptomatic. The Greg Mortimer departed March 15 on a voyage to Antarctica and South Georgia that was named after polar explorer Ernest Shackleton.

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