Cruise firm plans to screen Dundee passengers for coronavirus

Passengers boarding cruise ships in Dundee this year face being screened for coronavirus.

Cruise and Maritime Voyages is running more than a dozen trips on the Magellan liner between April and July.

The cruises will visit various parts of Britain as well as countries like France, Germany, Russia, Poland and Lithuania.

The first one will take in the fjords in Norway.

CMV has already been forced to cancel visits to some Asian ports as a result of the virus outbreak.

It comes after the first case of coronavirus in Scotland was confirmed in Tayside last night.

A spokesman for the company has confirmed it "will be undertaking advanced pre-boarding screening for passengers and crew joining any of the sailings from any port of call".

Anyone showing symptoms of the illness will not be allowed to board, while there are also restrictions on people who have travelled from certain countries or had contact with people who have the virus.

The firm says the restrictions will be in place "until further notice", meaning it is likely to affect the company’s first sailings from Dundee.

A statement from the company added: "Cruise and Maritime Voyages would again like to apologise for any inconvenience that these alterations and new procedures may cause.

"The safety and health of our passengers and crew is our topmost priority and we will be continually monitoring the worldwide situation and taking advice from the World Health Organisation, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and international communities and authorities."

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