USA: cruise ship coronavirus outbreak

Despite the fact that 95% of passengers on the Royal Caribbean International cruise ship are fully vaccinated, 55 people tested positive for the coronavirus.

The vessel departed for a cruise from Florida (USA) last Saturday, December 18th. After the discovery of the coronavirus on board, he was not allowed to moor on the islands of Curacao and Aruba in the Caribbean, at the last point of the 8-day route, so the ship will remain at sea until it returns to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on December 26.

The shipping company says 95% of everyone on board is vaccinated against Covid-19. Positive tests were found among both the crew and passengers.

According to USA Today, there are 3,587 passengers and 1,599 crew members aboard Royal Caribbean. Those infected with the coronavirus either show no signs of covid at all, or complain of mild symptoms.

Just a few days ago, last Saturday, the ship returned from a previous voyage with 48 infected on board, making this the second outbreak on the ship in a week.

The coronavirus pandemic has suspended this type of travel for more than a year. They only resumed in June, following the announcement of a number of outbreak prevention measures, such as mandatory vaccinations for workers and passengers over 12 years of age aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ships. However, the emergence of the Omicron variant has once again jeopardized the functioning of the industry.

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