More than 50 people aboard a boat of Royal caribbean who sailed from Florida, tested positive for covid-19 while on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, the company reported days after reporting another outbreak on a boat that returned to Miami, local media reported on Thursday.
The company noted that a total of 55 passengers and crew of the Odyssey of the seas, who set sail on Saturday from a port of Fort Lauderdale, tested positive for the disease during an eight-day cruise during which 95% of those on board had the “full vaccination schedule”.
The discovery prevented the boat from making the stops it had planned in the Caribbean islands of Curacao and Aruba, and he will have to continue to sail at sea until his return to Southeast Florida on Sunday.
Health officials in Curacao refused to allow the ship to dock because the percentage of infected people on board was too high, the Curacao Chronicle reported.
Royal Caribbean noted that the 55 people with covid-19, which represent 1.1% of the total number of people on board, have mild or asymptomatic symptoms, and that his close contacts were isolated for 24 hours before undergoing diagnostic testing.
The announcement comes less than a week after this company reported that 48 people from the ship Symphony of the Seas, designated as the largest cruise ship in the world, will test positive for covid-19 on her return to the Port of Miami after a weeklong trip to the Caribbean.
Royal Caribbean recalled that demands that its crews be fully vaccinated and also undergo weekly tests, while, in order to board, passengers over the age of 12 must also be fully vaccinated and test negative.
Last October, Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention (CDC) has extended travel conditions to January 15 for cruises established during the covid-19 pandemic from ports across the country, which expired on November 1.
Cruises are one of the sectors most affected by the pandemic. Given the number of infections recorded on board these ships, for more than a year they could not navigate from the country’s ports, causing millions of losses to shipping companies.
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