COVID-19: EU Monitors Vacation Cruises Hit By Virus



This Sunday, United States authorities monitored dozens of cruise ships affected by COVID-19 while sailing in the country’s waters. Several were denied a port in the Caribbean.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), because the cases of COVID-19 reached the threshold for investigation, more than 60 vessels were under observation.

The Washington Post reported that several cruise ships were denied porting at their scheduled destinations. One of them, the Carnival Freedom, was returned from the Caribbean island of Bonaire, the US newspaper noted.

“We are sailing in a Petri dish,” said Ashley Peterson, a 34-year-old passenger on board, as quoted by the newspaper. “I feel like I spent my last week in a super spread event.”

Speaking to the AFP, Carnival confirmed that “a small number on board were isolated due to positive evidence of covid“.

“The rapid spread of the omicron variant may shape how some authorities in destinations with limited medical resources can see even a small number of cases, even when they are being handled with our vigorous protocol,” the company commented, without offering further details.

The Carnival Freedom arrived in Miami on Sunday morning, disembarking all its passengers and “will leave on its next trip as planned,” he said, adding that if it is denied entry into a port, it will work to “find an alternate destination.” .

The CDC they are “fully informed and supporting our protocols and operational plans,” he added.

This week, 55 people tested positive for COVID aboard the Royal Caribbean International cruise ship, according to the company.

The contagions registered in the “Odyssey of the Seas” affected passengers and crew members, despite the fact that 95% of the people on board were vaccinated against the disease, he indicated Royal Caribbean.

The ship was not cleared to enter the Caribbean islands of Curaçao and Aruba, the last scheduled stops on its eight-day voyage. It returned to port in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Sunday.

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