Royal Caribbean suffers second Covid cruise outbreak as over 50 passengers test positive

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The Royal Caribbean cruise ship Odyssey of the Seas has reported a Covid outbreak, with 55 passengers onboard testing constructive mid-voyage.

It follows a similar-sized outbreak on sister ship Symphony of the Seas, the world’s largest passenger cruise liner, which reported 48 passengers testing constructive on its return to Miami remaining week.

Attributable to this, Odyssey did not dock at two of its deliberate stops, the Caribbean islands of Aruba and Curacao, a Royal Caribbean spokesperson instructed USA Instantly.

On 22 December, the Curacao Chronicle reported that the island’s Appropriately being Division had barred the cruise liner from docking on the island, outfitted that proportion of passengers on board testing constructive was too extreme.

“The day forward of yesterday, 18 crew members had been constructive, yesterday 36 and this morning there have been 51. Together with, assorted crew members have not been quarantined, so there is a good probability that passengers have moreover been contaminated,” Dr Izzy Gerstenbluth, Curacao’s nationwide epidemiologist, instructed reporters.

“With these numbers of infections, that proportion has been exceeded and we’re subsequently not decided to assemble up these of us on the island, notably not with the current figures on the island.”

Odyssey of the Seas has effectivity for elevated than 7,000 associates and crew, though the number of of us presently onboard the ship should not be going to be going to be acknowledged.

It comes after 48 passengers examined constructive on the 9,000-capacity Symphony of the Seas when it returned to its Miami base on Saturday.

In an announcement, Royal Caribbean talked about that all which had examined constructive on the Symphony immediately went into quarantine, whereas six people who had examined constructive onboard had already disembarked the ship mid-voyage.

People who examined constructive had been each asymptomatic or had delicate indicators, talked referring to the assertion.

The cruise line requires that all passengers over 12 be double vaccinated, and in the last few days tightened its mask-wearing pointers for all passengers over two years outdated.

Cruises have been permitted since July, with many leaving from utterly utterly utterly totally utterly totally utterly utterly utterly totally utterly totally utterly utterly totally totally utterly utterly totally utterly totally totally utterly utterly totally utterly totally utterly utterly completely different areas this summer season season season season season season season season season season season season season season season season season season season season season and autumn.

Nonetheless, many concern the vessels are nonetheless extreme hazard for outbreaks of the virus.

In August, 27 of us – 26 of them crew – examined constructive for Covid aboard a Carnival cruise ship docked in Belize.

Contained contained contained all by way of the meantime, two passengers aboard the Celeb Millennium examined constructive partway by a cruise in June.

A Royal Caribbean spokesperson talked about: “All of whom examined constructive are utterly vaccinated and mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic. We proceed to intention their successfully being. Shut contacts had been moreover acknowledged and positioned in quarantine to be monitored for 24 hours earlier to testing.

“We’re crusing with a layered set of successfully being and safety measures in place to make our cruises primarily elevated than seemingly elevated than seemingly practically positively practically undoubtedly most undoubtedly presumably primarily primarily primarily primarily principally practically undoubtedly in all probability presumably principally practically positively primarily higher than in all probability maybe in all probability bigger than attainable practically undoubtedly attainable primarily in all probability almost definitely basically essentially the most protected holidays attainable.

“Examples of these are pre-cruise testing for all associates and weekly testing of all crew members, required vaccinations for all crew and all associates age 12 and older, enhanced cleaning and sanitization necessities, expanded educated medical care, 100 per cent up to date, filtered air, and our enhanced face masks security.”

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