Therefore, Urugay's foreign and public health ministers stated that none of the over 200 people on board the cruise vessel Greg Mortimer will be allowed to disembark in Montevideo for the moment since several passengers and crew members seem to have coronavirus symptoms.

The coronavirus journey of the vessel began when a 69-year-old passenger was experiencing high fever and respiratory insufficiency; The passenger was then evacuated to the Montevideo British Hospital where he tested Covid 19 positive.

In the meantime, the South Atlantic News Agency reported that the Montevideo port authorities are ready in case of potential dismemberment.

Aurora Expeditions managing director, Robert Halfpenny in a letter to passengers said that the Covid 19 patient was in a critically ill condition, but receiving the “best care possible” in Montevideo. The ship’s doctor and at least three crew members are among those who developed fevers, Mr Halfpenny said. Another three unwell people have since been identified with symptoms.

Concluding, the Foreign Minister Officials stated that they are n close collaboration with the Health Ministry, looking for a solution for the vessel, to provide the medical care needed to passengers and crew members.

To remind, up to today, April 6, 69,498 deaths have been reported, with Europe now being the epicentre of the outbreak. Italy is now the country with the most deaths (15,887 ) , while Spain (12,641) has also surpassed China (3,212 deaths).