12 crew members test positive for COVID-19 on cruise ship sailing in Greece

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The Mein Schiff 6, operated by TUI Cruises, began its trip in Heraklion on the southern Greek island of Crete on Sunday night.
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ATHENS, Greece – Greek authorities say 12 crew members of a Maltese-flagged cruise ship on a Greek island tour with more than 1,500 people on board have tested positive for the coronavirus and have been isolated on board, though half of them have since had a secondary negative test, according to the cruise line.

The Mein Schiff 6, operated by TUI Cruises, began its trip in Heraklion on the southern Greek island of Crete on Sunday night, with 922 passengers and 666 crew members on board, Greece's Shipping Ministry said Monday. It's due to sail to Piraeus, the country's main port near the Greek capital, Athens, and later to the western island of Corfu.

Godja Sönnichsen, TUI Cruises director of communications, said all crew members are tested before they board and go into a 14-day-self-isolation on board before they can…
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