A passenger on the Norwegian Jewel cruise ship currently docked at Circular Quay has been rushed to hospital over coronavirus fears.

Daily Telegraph is reporting that the passenger – who is understood to be in her 50s – has either disembarked or attempted to board the cruise ship but was exhibiting symptoms of the deadly virus.

Norwegian Cruise Line has since issued a statement:

“The safety, security and well-being of our guests and crew is our number one priority. As such, we operate at the very highest public health standards.

During Norwegian Jewel’s sailing from Auckland to Sydney, a few guests on board experienced a stomach-related illness. To mitigate any impact of this rare occurrence, we implemented stringent sanitation procedures.

As such, upon the ship’s return to Sydney on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 , a thorough inspection and rigorous cleaning and disinfection of the ship and terminal were conducted. 

There are various false inflammatory media reports regarding the ship. There is absolutely no truth to those stories. We have no guests with any respiratory related illness on board.  The vessel remains in operation, and all guests onboard are in good health.

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The ship is scheduled to depart for a 14-day cruise to Australia and New Zealand on Friday, Feb. 14.”