Two cases of COVID-19 aboard one of the first cruises after the pandemic

Two people tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday aboard Celebrity Millennium, one of the first cruise ships to sail in North America since the pandemic began, despite the fact that “the crew and passengers have been vaccinated,” cruise line Royal said in a statement. Caribbean.

“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,” Royal Caribbean reports, which says passengers were required to show proof of vaccination as well as a negative COVID-19 test less than 72 hours before boarding.

The company says it followed full protocols in line with its partners’ destinations and “went beyond” the directives of the main US public health agency to “protect the health and safety of (its) passengers,” which number 600 people and who are accompanied by 650 people. crew members, according to the 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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