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Malta prevented passengers disembarking from the MSC Grandiosa cruise ship on Friday over a suspected case of Covid-19, its tourism minister, Julia Farrugia Portelli, said.
A spokesperson for MSC Cruises told Telegraph Travel: “[On Friday], MSC Grandiosa arrived in Valletta, Malta along her 7-day Western Mediterranean itinerary.
“Prior to her arrival, the ship reported to the local health authorities the presence on board of a potential case of Covid-19 infection which had been identified and immediately isolated in line with the existing and agreed protocol.
“Local authorities today [Friday] opted not to issue free pratique to the ship for her regular ashore operations.
“MSC Grandiosa departed Malta later this [Friday] morning and is currently on her way to Genoa, Italy, her next port of call. She will arrive there on Sunday morning, as per her regular schedule.”
Malta began allowing cruise ships back in its harbour in July on condition that passengers stayed together and did not mix with locals.