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Passengers on coronavirus cruise say mood on board was "very depressive"

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Passengers on coronavirus cruise say mood on board was 'very depressive'
Passengers on coronavirus cruise say mood on board was "very depressive"

A retired doctor on board a cruise ship that docked in Cambodia last week after being turned away at five other ports said the mood on board was "very depressive" and "very anxious" in a video he filmed on Tuesday.

Nearly 200 passengers from the Westerdam have returned to their home countries, with another 300 passengers slated to fly off from the country's capital, Phnom Penh to Dubai if they test negative.

An American woman who had been on board tested positive for the new coronavirus.

"People were getting really anxious, the mood was up and down, we wouldn't know what comes next, and we had to cancel the flights out of Tokyo.

People were getting really anxious, they were losing money, we were losing money, and the cruise line would not help us with the tickets at that point, said retired thoracic surgeon, Venkatarao P.

Rao, one of the 97 Americans still on board the Westerdam.

Four hundred and six passengers who had been transferred to Phnom Penh have tested negative for the infection.

Some 1,455 passengers and 802 crew boarded the cruise ship when it set sail on Feb.

1 from Hong Kong.

The vessel spent two weeks at sea after being turned away by Japan, Taiwan, Guam, the Philippines and Thailand even though the ship said there were no coronavirus cases aboard.

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