Birkenhead to Belfast ferry: Passengers stranded overnight due to onboard COVID-19 outbreak

Over 300 passengers were stranded on a ferry overnight after crew members tested positive for Covid-19.

Port Health Authorities said the Birkenhead to Belfast Stena Line ferry could not leave Birkenhead after six members of staff were found to have coronavirus. The company said the six crew members were “doing well” and were showing mild symptoms.

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Stena Line said that it was assisting passengers with finding alternative means of travel to Belfast, after the 322 passengers and 53 crew had been told by public health authorities to disembark in Birkenhead.

It said a further 15 people were isolating after being identified as “close contacts”.

Stena Line added, “The welfare of our passengers and crew is paramount at this time.”

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