Covid-19: already positive cases on a cruise

IN Barely resumed, cruises are already affected by Covid-19 cases, despite all the precautions taken. On Thursday, two people on board the liner tested positive for Covid-19. Celebrity Millennium, one of the first cruise ships to sail in North America since the outbreak of the pandemic, Royal Caribbean cruise line said in a statement.

“These people are asymptomatic and are currently isolated and under the supervision of our medical team,” said the company, which guarantees the contact tracing operation and whose vessel left Sint Maarten, the Dutch side of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, on June 5. … The two people tested positive during a “mandatory end-of-cruise test,” explains Royal Caribbean, which claims passengers were required to provide proof of vaccination as well as negative screening for Covid-19 less than 72 hours before boarding.

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600 passengers

The company says it followed full protocols in line with its partners’ destinations and “went beyond” the directives of the top US public health agency to “protect the health and safety of (its) passengers,” which employs 600 people, accompanied by 650 people. crew members, depending on The newspaper “New York Times… The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) issued new regulations in early May allowing cruise passengers to return to sea under strict conditions: 95% of people on cruise ships, passengers and employees must be vaccinated. Departing from Sint Maarten, Celebrity Millennium was to make a seven-day journey through Barbados, Aruba and Curacao.

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