An person aboard the Silja Serenade during Midsummer tested positive for COVID-19 (Image: Lehtikuva)

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THE CRUISE FERRY OPERATOR TALLINK-SILJA has urged passengers who were aboard the Silja Serenade for the 24-26 June Midsummer cruise to take a COVID-19 test, following revelations that one attendee on board later tested positive for the virus. 

The 2600-passenger capacity Silja Serenade hosted a Midsummer cruise around the Baltic from 24-26 June. Shortly after the weekend had ended, Tallink-Silja sent a mass text message out to all attendees, warning them that a passenger had tested positive for COVID-19 on June 26 and for everyone who was on board to monitor their symptoms carefully. 

However, according to MTV, Tallink-Silja sent a second series of messages out a couple of days ago, following advice from THL to instruct all attendees to take a coronavirus test as soon as possible. 

It is not entirely clear how many passengers were on the ship at the time. The incident comes only days after cases in Finland began to spike due to a large contingent of infected football fans returning from the Euros in Russia, many of whom were found to be carrying the highly infectious Delta variant of the virus. 



Adam Oliver Smith - HT

Image Credit: Lehtikuva