Cruise ships will be barred from sailing in US waters for at least one more month, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced late Wednesday, extending its “no sail” order through October.
This is much less an extension than what the CDC originally proposed to the White House’s Coronovirus Task Force, which cruise ships should not have been able to raise until at least February.
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But according to officials familiar with the situation, the February extension was terminated following a meeting between the CDC and task force members.
The CDC said in a press release, “Recent outbreaks on cruise ships abroad provide current evidence that cruise ship travel continues to transmit and amplify the spread of SARS-CoV-2, which would cause COVID-19 is,”. Had passenger operations started in the United States prematurely, there would have been less passenger capacity – and possibly an infection in American communities. “
The agency said at least 3,689 confirmed or suspected cases of Kovid-19 on cruise ships in the US have been reported to the CDC. At least 41 people died.
The amended order mirrors action by the cruise industry, a trade organization representing the Cruise Lines International Association, which announced in the summer that its members would suspend US operations until at least 31 October.
The group wrote in an August 5 statement, “reflecting the cruise industry’s commitment to voluntarily suspend operations in the interests of public health and safety.”
The cruise ship industry is gradually attempting to resume voyages and offers healthy sail panels, a partnership for “guides” between Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Royal Caribbean Group, the two largest cruise lines. Cruise industry’s way forward in response to COVID-19. “
A former head of the Food and Drug Administration, Drs. Scott Gottlieb, and a former head of the Department of Health and Human Services, Michael Leavitt, are co-chairs of the Healthy Cells panel.
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In March, two large and deadly outbreaks of Kovid-19 occurred on cruise ships, the Diamond Princess in Japan and the Grand Princess in California.
More than 800 passengers and crew on those ships tested positive for coronavirus. At least 16 people died.
They were not the only Kovid-19 outbreaks on cruise ships. In fact, reports of outbreaks on cruise ships in other parts of the world continue. Last month, three dozen crew members aboard the Norwegian cruise ship, Ms Ronald Amundsen, performed a positive test for the Kovid-19, forcing the company to run a cruise line to suspend operations.
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