Editor's Note: The story has been updated with confirmation that the patient had a false positive COVID-19 result.
A Singapore cruise ship was forced to turn back after an elderly passenger on-board tested false positive for COVID-19 on 9 December
The 83-year-old man initially tested positive for COVID-19 when he reported to the ship that he had diarrhoea
He was later tested negative for two subsequent retests.
On 10 December, the National Public Health Laboratory conducted a final test with a fresh sample, which came back negative.
Singapore's Ministry of Health has since confirmed in a press statement that the man was not infected with the virus.
They have also revoked orders to place close contacts of the man under quarantine.
All 1,680 guests aboard the cruise ship were already screened for the virus before the cruise began on Monday, 7 December
The ship disembarked all passengers at 7.30pm on 9 December.
"I am terribly sorry that the cruise ended a day early and ended this way," said the captain in an announcement heard by Reuters.
"The crew will rest overnight and take polymerase chain reaction tests in the morning."
The 'cruise-to-nowhere' is organised by Royal Caribbean and is open to Singapore residents only
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