UPDATED STATEMENT ISSUED BY TCI GOVERNMENT AT 6:22 PM, FRIDAY MARCH 6, 2020
At 9am today the Carnival Magic cruise ship called at the Grand Turk cruise port. As per the protocols already in place, the ship was met, but not boarded, by officials from the Environmental Health Department (EHD), it was immediately issued an official notice of refusal for docking by the EHD, and no passengers or crew were allowed to disembark.
This refusal was as a result of the mandatory Maritime Declaration of Health (MDH) document, issued by the ship to health officials in TCI, which showed cases of influenza-like symptoms on board. Senior government leadership, including the Minister of Health, was then made aware of the refusal.
As per their MDH, Carnival Magic also notified officials that they were requesting further medical care for two passengers in the form of a medivac. Ministry of Health officials reviewed this request, taking into consideration the risk to the public health of Grand Turk residents and the wider TCI and the declaration from the World Health Organization (WHO) indicating that the global risk posed by COVID-19 Coronavirus is very high, this request was also refused.
Passengers were removed subsequently off the ship and placed on an aircraft. This matter is now under investigation by all relevant government agencies and the public will be updated as soon as full details of this matter becomes cleared.
The Ministry of Health takes the health and safety of all its residents in the highest regard.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT from Carnival Cruise Line
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#TurksandCaicos, May 26, 2022 – Magnetic Media can report, information is fluid and changing as we give a update on the incident at the Grand Turk Cruise Port.Guest images show that it is the Carnival Freedom, exhaust stack ablaze in a menacing fire that had passengers scrambling to safety. The Carnival Freedom cruise ship which set sail from Port Canaveral, Florida suffered this disaster onboard; no word on what becomes of the voyage given the damages caught on cell phone cameras. While some information is changing, steady is the report that no one is hurt. Tweeted by ‘Chester 4×4’ the video is now making social media rounds and has been picked up by mainstream media in Florida. Officials had not spoken to the alarming matter up to the time of this post.Cruise passengers sharing photos and videos Stateside have given an up close perspective on this fright at sea, which greets us on this Thursday morning.
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