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Aussies on cruise denied Bali entry

Passengers on board the MV Viking Sun cruise ship have reportedly been denied entry in to Bali.

The Jakarta Posthas reported 800 tourists, including Australians and Americans, are on-board the cruise ship which was scheduled to dock at Bali's Benoa Port on Sunday.

However, Indonesian authorities decided to abort the plan to welcome the cruise ship and its passengers to the island because of concerns around the spread of coronavirus. That's despite no ilnesses bein greported on board the ship.

"We had to make a decision on whether we would allow [the cruise ship] to dock or not, and decided to scrap [the plan]," Bali Governor I Wayan Koster said.

The new ruling means passengers will not be able to set foot on Bali, with authorities saying the decision was to protect the island from coronavirus.

"As the best tourist destination in the world, we are very prone to health issues. Thus, we have to be careful," Mr Koster added.

"We don't want to chase a small amount money if it could have a major negative impact on tourism, the backbone of Bali's economy."

Viking Australia and New Zealand has been contacted for comment.

 

GRAND PRINCESS CRUISE SHIP, CALIFORNIA

The Grand Princess cruise ship could be infected with coronavirus. Picture: AP/Scott Strazzante/San Francisco Chronicle
The Grand Princess cruise ship could be infected with coronavirus. Picture: AP/Scott Strazzante/San Francisco Chronicle

Friday's test results come amid evidence the vessel was the breeding ground for a deadly cluster of at least 10 cases during its previous voyage.

Coronavirus test kits were delivered to the ship on Thursday and samples were collected from 45 people, Princess Cruises said in a statement.

A video posted on social media by the California National Guard showed a military helicopter flying over the ship and lowering the test kits by rope.

It has been told it cannot dock until tests are carried out. Picture: AP/Michele Smith
It has been told it cannot dock until tests are carried out. Picture: AP/Michele Smith

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