State Department, CDC urge people not to travel on cruise ships

The impatience grows among passengers still on board Grand Princess 150 evacuees spend the first night at Travis AFB- CBS San Francisco

The impatience grows among passengers still on board Grand Princess 150 evacuees spend the first night at Travis AFB- CBS San Francisco

The Government of Canada has also made Canadians aware that cruise ship travel can spread the disease faster.

Ronald and Eva Weissberger of Broward County, Florida sued Princess Cruise Lines Ltd, a unit of Carnival Corp, alleging the company caused them emotional distress and trauma as they fear they will develop the COVID-19, a flu-like disease caused by the virus.

"We have certain crew members, a very limited amount of crew members, which tested positive, which are Canadian on the ship and will remain on the ship in accordance with the protocol that has been agreed by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and local and state authorities in the USA", minister Champagne said.

A government-chartered aircraft carrying Canadians from the Grand Princess cruise ship landed at the military base early Tuesday, however not all the 237 Canadians from the ship were on board.

Passengers will be screened for symptoms before boarding the plane, Global Affairs Canada said, noting if they exhibit symptoms they will not be permitted to board. However, he travelled in the U.S. Midwest with a companion from British Columbia who was on the ship, Dr. Hinshaw told reporters on Sunday as she announced two new cases.

They fault the cruise line for negligence to prepare passengers for potential exposure, and say that because the company had "such a traumatic outbreak on board one of its vessels less than a month before the current voyage on board the Grand Princess", Princess Cruises should "have learned to take all the necessary precautions to keep its passengers, crew and the general public safe". Almost 700 people were infected with the virus while the ship was quarantined for two weeks at a port in Yokohama, Japan in February, and six people have since died, according to Johns Hopkins.

Canada's top doctor has urged Canadians to avoid all cruise travel, saying the confined quarters and frequent interactions can foster the spread of the illness. Attempts to contact Bartlett for comment were unsuccessful as calls to his mobile phone went unanswered.

Coronavirus case announced in Memphis
Officials say the woman is self-isolated at home and does not have a child enrolled in Metro Nashville Public Schools. Individuals that were in close contact with the patient will also be quarantined for 14 days from their last contact.

"This is a dynamic situation and those traveling by ship may be impacted by travel restrictions affecting their itineraries or ability to disembark or may be subject to quarantine procedures implemented by the local authorities", it continues. The Government's protocol is expected to have serious repercussions for the volume of passengers to the region.

"That ship will turn around - and they are now assessing appropriate places to bring that quarantined ship - but it will not be here in the San Francisco Bay", he said. "We would hope it's going to be lifted soon because there are protocols that the cruise industry can engage in".

There are concerns that the disruption caused to the tourist industry could trigger a major setback in the world economy.

"A vast majority of the people who come to Jamaica are 45 and over, and they are most susceptible to lifestyle diseases", the source said.

"It will have great implications for the aviation industry".

The majority of COVID-19 casualties have been middle-age to elderly. The number of people to have died from the coronavirus there rose by 133 in a day to 366, government officials said yesterday. Up to 16 million people in Lombardy are under lockdown.

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