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60 cruise ships in the sights of US health authorities | Coronavirus

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These 60 ships reached the threshold set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to merit such an investigation.

According to the daily Washington post, several ships were refused a stopover in several Caribbean ports.

One of them, the Carnival Freedom, was therefore not allowed to moor on the Dutch island of Bonaire.

We sail aboard a Petri dish, this container used in laboratories for the culture of bacteria, said Ashley Peterson, a passenger of the Carnival Freedom 34 years old, at Washington post.

I feel like I spent the last week at a super-propagating event.

A quote from Ashley Peterson, passenger

In a statement to AFP, Carnival Cruises confirmed that a small number on board had been isolated due to a positive COVID test.

If it becomes necessary to cancel a stopover, we will do our best to find an alternative destination, Carnival said. the Carnival Freedom arrived in Miami on Sunday morning, disembarked all of its passengers, and will depart for his next trip as planned, the company said.

Another company, Royal Caribbean International, said on Wednesday that 55 people had tested positive for COVID-19 on board one of its ships that left Florida on December 18.

Among those infected are passengers and crew, although 95% of those on board are vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The boat was not allowed to stop in Curaçao and Aruba, islands of the Netherlands Antilles. He was to stay at sea until his return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, scheduled for Sunday.

It was the second outbreak of coronavirus to be identified on a Royal Caribbean boat in less than a week.

Long suspension

The coronavirus had caused the suspension of cruise activities for more than a year.

They resumed in June with a series of measures to try to keep the virus at bay, such as the mandatory vaccine for employees and passengers over 12 at Royal Caribbean, for example.

But the highly contagious Omicron variant presents a new challenge.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States continues to increase, with nearly 190,000 new cases daily over the past seven days on average, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

In February 2020, the quarantine imposed in a Japanese port on cruise ship passengers, the Diamond princess, was one of the key episodes at the start of the pandemic.

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