MIAMI, Florida – Ten cases of COVID-19 have been detected among crew and passengers on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship that returned to New Orleans Sunday with thousands on board, an authority said American sanitary.
“The Norwegian Breakaway left New Orleans on November 28 and stopped in Belize, Honduras and Mexico on its trip,” the Louisiana Department of Health tweeted on Saturday.
“There are over 3,200 people on board.”
The health department said everyone on board will be tested for COVID-19 before disembarking.
“Those who test positive for COVID-19 (1) will travel by personal vehicle directly to their personal residence or (2) self-isolate according to the guidelines in effect (US Centers for Disease Control) in the housing provided by NCL, âthe ministry tweeted.
The global cruise industry has been hit hard during the pandemic.
In February 2020, when little was known about the new coronavirus, a cruise ship named “Diamond Princess” was quarantined off the coast of Japan.
More than 700 people on board have tested positive for COVID-19 and 13 have died, with Japanese authorities coming under heavy criticism for insisting that passengers and crew remain on the boat, where the virus has continued to spread.
Cruise operations in the United States were suspended in March 2020 when the CDC issued a “no-sail order” to prevent the spread of COVID.
Some cruise ships resumed operations in Europe and elsewhere last year, but the ban remained in place in the United States.
After a year of crippling losses, cruise industry giants resumed travel from the United States in May this year when the CDC gave the green light to allow travel with passengers and crew. vaccinated.
Canada lifted its ban on cruise ships in its waters last month. – France Media Agency