26 Poles among people onboard cruise ship under quarantine in Barcelona

A cruise ship with 400 people onboard, including 26 Polish citizens, was put under compulsory quarantine on Friday due to a confirmed case of coronavirus among the passengers.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, all Polish citizens on board are crew members.

The Spanish sanitary service announced that due to the ban on the admission of passenger vessels in the ports of the country, in force since March, only one woman with slight symptoms of COVID-19 was permitted to leave the ship as an exception. After she was confirmed to have contracted the disease, she returned to the ship, where she was separated from other crew members and passengers.

The vessel, named Seven Seas Navigator, has been moored in the port of Barcelona since Thursday. Registered in the Bahamas, the ship belongs to Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC), headquartered in Miami. A statement from Spain's medical services revealed that citizens of "many nationalities" are onboard the vessel.