Norovirus hit cruise ship returns to Southampton

A passenger walks around the P&O cruise ship Oriana
A passenger walks around the P&O cruise ship Oriana Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The P&O cruise ship Oriana has returned to its home port of Southampton after a ten day voyage around the Baltic sea.

Several passengers were confined to their cabins after they contracted the Norovirus on board the vessel.

The Heath Protection Agency says that some 68,000 people have caught the virus over the past week.

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