Coronavirus cruise concerns: Kiwis turned away at Madagascar

A New Zealander aboard a cruise ship headed for Madagascar says the ship has been turned away from the African island nation amid coronavirus concerns.

The 46-day cruise on the Sun Princess is carrying around 2000 passengers, many of them New Zealanders and Australians.

Aucklander Rod Pascoe told the Herald the government of Madagascar had forbidden passengers from going ashore, even though authorities had earlier granted permission.

Pascoe says the authorities changed their mind at the last moment, as passengers were about to be ferried to the city of Hell-Ville by tender craft.

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