February 14 coronavirus news - CNN

 edition.cnn.com  02/15/2020 01:40:40  23

President Trump thanked the country of Cambodia for allowing a cruise ship to dock in the country.

The ship, which left from Hong Kong, had been rejected by several Asian ports over the last few days over fears of coronavirus.

About the ship: The Westerdam, which is owned by Carnival Corporation but sails under the Holland America brand name, was supposed to be taking a 14-day cruise around east Asia, beginning in Hong Kong on Feb. 1 and concluding Saturday in Yokohama, Japan.

But the governments ofJapan, Guam, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand refused the ship permission to dock over fears of the coronavirus epidemic  despite there being no confirmed cases on the ship.

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen was on hand to welcome passengers disembarking in Sihanoukville today, and told reporters, "The real problem for Cambodia is not news of the coronavirus outbreak, now called the COVID19. But that is the sickness of fear."

Officials said "full disembarkation" will take a few days.

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