Greek authorities confirmed Tuesday that 12 cruise ship crew members who tested positive for coronavirus on Monday have tested negative in three subsequent tests — leading to concerns that the original results were false positives.
The Mein Schiff 6, a Maltese-flagged ship run by Germany-based TUI Cruises, set out on Sunday night along the Greek island of Crete with 922 passengers and 666 crew members. The 12 crew members in question tested positive for the virus during a random sampling of 150 staff members. TUI Cruises said at the time said they were all asymptomatic and had been isolated.
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By Tuesday, the company said it had conducted further tests and concluded “there are no cases” of covid-19 aboard the ship. The company said Greek authorities had additionally confirmed their findings.
“Following a false alarm caused