FRIDAY, April 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) — A No Sail Order for all cruise ships was extended Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We are working with the cruise line industry to address the health and safety of crew at sea as well as communities surrounding U.S. cruise ship points of entry,” CDC Director Robert Redfield said in an agency news release.
“The measures we are taking today to stop the spread of COVID-19 are necessary to protect Americans, and we will continue to provide critical public health guidance to the industry to limit the impacts of COVID-19 on its workforce throughout the remainder of this pandemic.”
At least 10 cruise ships have reported crew or passengers who’ve tested positive for the new coronavirus, or had respiratory symptoms or flu-like illness. Currently, about 100 cruise ships with nearly 80,000 crew members are at sea off the U.S. East Coast, West Coast, and Gulf Coast, according to the CDC.
It’s also aware of 20 cruise ships at port or anchorage in the United States that have crew members who have known or suspected COVID-19 and remain aboard the vessels.
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