Jeff Hordley: Emmerdale’s Cain Dingle speaks out as loved one stranded on virus-hit ship

Emmerdale star Jeff Hordley, 50, shared a viral picture on Twitter to highlight the current situation regarding Ruby Princess staff and customers, who are currently on lockdown on the coronavirus-hit ship. The picture shows a group of people standing separately on different balconies.

Having a family member onboard puts our lockdown into perspective

Jeff Hordley

The caption on the picture reads: “What if these people were your family? 140 Ruby Princess crew are sick and 1000 still need testing.

“Support the crew and please share.”

The actor shared the snap in view of his 152,000 followers, writing: “Having a family member onboard puts our lockdown into perspective.”

Many of the star’s fans shared their thoughts on his post, with one writing: “Hope they are ok.”


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“Omg so sorry, hope you are together safe soon,”(sic) a second commented.

A third wrote: “Nightmare, hope they are well and safe.”

Jeff’s Emmerdale co-star Charley Webb, who plays his on-screen daughter Debbie Dingle, also shared the post with the caption: “Just horrific.

“Something needs to be done.”

At least 18 passengers who contracted the deadly disease on board the ship have now died. Around 700 people are also said to be infected.

According to The Guardian, only a quarter of the 1,100 crew had been tested, despite other states expanding their eligible testing.

New South Wales Government has said all crew members will be tested for Covid-19 within 48 hours.

A spokesperson for NSW Health told the publication today: “Crew members have been tested progressively, beginning with those who first developed symptoms.”

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They went on to say that testing on people with no symptoms can “often lead to negative results”.

“For this reason, NSW Health only tests people with symptoms such as fever, sore throat, a dry cough or other respiratory symptoms,” they added.

“[But] in order to gain a better understanding of whether crew were developing immunity, we have expanded testing.

“Over the next 48 hours we expect all crew who have yet to be tested – as they are currently asymptomatic – to have been tested for Covid-19.”


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NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant added: “There’s no excuse.

“They can’t explain it. That is counter to what every single person and health professional in the world is telling us.”

Elsewhere, filming for Emmerdale and other soaps has been postponed as the virus continues to spread in the UK.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson enforced a lockdown last month as the UK death toll and positive cases continue to increase.

The Government has warned people to stay at home and to only leave their house for essential reasons such as exercise and medical care.

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