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Cruise ship on lockdown in Sydney as health authorities test a man for coronavirus

Cruise ship on lockdown in Sydney as health authorities test a man for coronavirus

By Dhanjay Deo
Friday 14/02/2020

A cruise ship docked in Sydney is in lockdown while health authorities test a man for possible novel coronavirus.

It is understood the ship docked in Sydney this morning, having visited other Australian ports after travelling from New Zealand.

The ship, Norwegian Jewel, was in New Zealand earlier this month for a 10-day tour around NZ before arriving in Sydney today.

It is unclear where the man, who Australian media reports is Singaporean, boarded the vessel.

He fell ill with respiratory illness.

The cruise ship hit the headlines during a New Zealand visit when a man jumped over board near Mahia Peninsula and was never found.

CCTV footage showed the 62-year-old Australian jumping overboard from the Norwegian Jewel.

The 294-metre ship has a guest capacity of 2376 people and 1060 crew.

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