WATCH: 7,000 Passengers Locked Up on Cruise Ship off Italy Because of 1 Chinese Couple Get Coronavirus

About 7,000 passengers and crew are trapped on a cruise ship in Italy amid fears two Chinese holidaymakers are carrying coronavirus.

A husband and wife from China have been isolated in separate rooms on the Costa Smeralda, which could have Britons on board, after the couple came down with a fever and breathing difficulties.

The two have been checked by doctors and undergone tests to find out if they have the SARS-like virus, which has killed at least 170 people in China and infected more than 7,700 others.

If they are carrying the killer bug, there are fears that it could have already spread to hundreds of others on board the vessel, which docked at a port in Civitavecchia, north-west of Rome, on Thursday with about 6,000 passengers and 1,000 crew.

Source: Coronavirus: 6,000 tourists trapped on cruise ship after Chinese couple fall ill

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