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Coronavirus: Keeping cabin fever at bay on a quarantine ship in Chile

Thomas Bywater recounts being left high and dry on a Chilean pleasure cruiser

The local Chilean newspaper praised the brave residents in turning back the passengers of two ships that arrived at the port of Punta Arenas.

Less enthusiastic about this reception were the passengers, who were met by the blockade of small cars, stones and laser pointers. This hysteria and angst surrounding the illness proved far more effective than any top-down decision to close the ports.

“So, my dear guests, as you will notice outside you have a mass of the citizens of this beautiful city,” said the expedition manager, summoning a meeting. “We will all be staying here at least one more night.”

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