OSLO— 4 crew members on a Norwegian cruise vessel were identified as having COVID-19 after this arrived at the Arctic interface of Tromsoe early on Fri, said the University Medical center of North Norway exactly where they are being treated.

All 160 team members on the Roald Amundsen have been quarantined on the deliver, while the 177 passengers— all whom have already disembarked— are now being contacted by telephone and they are being told to self-isolate, owner Hurtigruten said.

“ By the time we were informed, the passengers had remaining the ship, ” Tromsoe municipality chief doctor Kathrine Kristoffersen told an information conference. “ All people will, for the time being, be questioned to quarantine. ”

The four individuals were all foreign people, the hospital said, while decreasing to elaborate on their condition of health or nationality.

During the luxury cruise, passengers were frequently advised to socially distance to be able to reduce the risk of illness, said one passenger, Range Miriam Haugan, a former younger minister at Norway’ h Ministry of Health.

“ The team observed us washing our own hands and also took our own temperatures, ” Haugan informed Reuters.

“ When I learned of the break out, I immediately went for any test and will quarantine a minimum of until I get the outcome, ” she added.

The ship’ s i9000 operator and owner, Hurtigruten, which in March suspended the majority of operations due to the pandemic, introduced on July 7 it could gradually return all but 2 of its 16 vessels in order to service by the end of Sept, albeit with reduced capability.

The Roald Amundsen had been on a week-long journey from Tromsoe towards the Svalbard archipelago, half-way among Europe and the North Rod, and is scheduled to cruise around the British Isles within September, docking at slots in England and Scotland.

In the early stage of the pandemic, thousands of people were stranded on sail vessels in the waters associated with Asia, the United States and somewhere else, leading operators to terminate journeys and triggering bulk layoffs by the industry.

By Terje Solsvik