48 test positive for Covid on world’s biggest cruise ship 2021
A total of 48 passengers and crew members on the world’s largest cruise ship have tested positive for the coronavirus, the company said Tuesday.
Carnival Corporation said in a statement that “the number of those testing positive continues to grow.”
The cruise line said it was working closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health authorities to monitor the situation and provide support to those affected.
The vessel, called the Carnival Vista, has a capacity of 3,954 passengers and crew. It departed from Miami on February 3 for a 14-day cruise through the Caribbean.
Carnival said it was arranging for passengers to disembark in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and would fly them back to the United States.
The company said it was also contacting other passengers who were on the cruise.
This is the latest in a series of cruise ship outbreaks linked to the virus. In late February, 561 people on the Diamond Princess, which was docked in Yokohama, Japan, were diagnosed with the virus.
In early March, another cruise ship, the Westerdam, was refused permission to dock in Thailand after several passengers were found to be infected. The vessel eventually docked in Cambodia.
The coronavirus has now killed more than 3,000 people and infected more than 95,000 people worldwide.