19 Filipino Crew Members Test Positive for COVID-19 on Costa Fascinosa

Apr 14, 2020

On Saturday, April 11, the Brazil National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) proceeded with the disembarkation of the Costa Facisinosa crew in the port of Santos. 246 Filipino crew members were scheduled to disembark the cruise ship, however, only 227 were allowed to leave after 19 crew members tested positive for COVID-19. 

Only the crew without symptoms and with negative test results for COVID-19 were allowed to disembark the vessel. Costa Cruises organized transportat to the Guarulhos international airport and charter flight for the crews safe return to the Philippines on Saturday.

Costa Fascinosa arrived in Santos, Brazil on March 17, with 764 crew on board. The ship was in quarantine since March 19, and all the crew have been in isolation throughout this period.  There are still 452 crew members on board waiting to be repatriated in their home countries.

The Brazil National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) reports that 10 crew members disembarked the ship for emergency care on Saturday, April 4th. According to the latest data, there are 43 confirmed cases onboard Costa Facinosa.