United States monitors vacation cruise ships affected by COVID – Manila Bulletin


MIAMI, United States – US officials were monitoring dozens of cruise ships affected by COVID-19 cases on Sunday as they sailed in the country’s waters, with several reportedly being deprived of a port in the Caribbean.

More than 60 ships were under observation after “reported cases of COVID-19 reached the CDC’s investigation threshold,” the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The Washington Post reported that several cruise liners have been denied access to their intended destinations.

One of them, the Carnival Freedom, was turned away from the Caribbean island of Bonaire, the Post reported.

“We are sailing on a petri dish,” said Ashley Peterson, a 34-year-old passenger on board, as quoted by the Post. “I feel like I’m spending my last week at a superspreader event.” In a statement to AFP, Carnival confirmed that “a small number on board have been isolated due to a positive COVID test.” “The rapid spread of the Omicron variant may shape how some destination authorities with limited medical resources can see even a small number of cases, even when managed with our rigorous protocols,” the company said, without providing. More details. The Carnival Freedom arrived in Miami on Sunday morning, disembarked all guests and “will depart on its next trip as scheduled,” the company said, adding that if entry into a certain port was denied it would work “to find an alternative destination “. He added that the CDC was “fully informed and supportive of our protocols and operational plans”. Earlier this week, 55 people tested positive for COVID-19 aboard a Royal Caribbean International cruise, the company said.

Infections have spread among passengers and crew members of “A Odyssey of the Seas” despite 95% of those on board being vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to Royal Caribbean.

The ship did not dock in the Caribbean islands of Curaçao and Aruba, the last scheduled stops on its eight-day trip as a precaution.

He returned to the port of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., On Sunday.


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