Italian cruise ship Costa Smeralda, with over 6,000 passengers on board, is being held in the Italian city of Civitavecchia, close to Rome, after suspicion of a Coronavirus infection on Thursday, January 30.

According to reports, a Chinese couple on board came down with a fever, sparking fears amongst passengers.

The new strain of coronavirus has spread from China to several other countries, including the US, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Australia, Nepal, France and Germany. Cases were also reported in Taiwan, Canada, Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam.

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