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Cruise Ship Carrying Coronavirus Victims Has Not Yet Received Permission to Dock in Florida

Added 04-01-20 09:04:03am EST - “The Holland America ship Zaandam and sister cruise ship the Rotterdam will not be allowed to proceed into U.S. waters before Carnival obtains approval.” - Nationalreview.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nationalreview.com: “Cruise Ship Carrying Coronavirus Victims Has Not Yet Received Permission to Dock in Florida | National Review”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A cruise ship loaded with passengers suffering from the coronavirus, as well as the bodies of four guests who have already succumbed to the virus, is waiting to dock in Florida as authorities negotiate a plan for containing the virus on board.

The Holland America ship Zaandam as well as a sister cruise ship, the Rotterdam, will not be allowed to proceed into U.S. waters before cruise line owner Carnival submits and obtains approval for “a complete plan for self-support of the medical issues occurring on board the vessels,” the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Carnival executives are currently working with the Coast Guard, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and local officials in Broward County, Fla. to address concerns and reach unanimous consent for the ships to dock as healthy passengers disembark. The Zaandam is expected to arrive Thursday.

The Rotterdam was sent to bring emergency medical personnel and supplies to the Zaandam last week after a coronavirus outbreak occurred on board the latter, causing the deaths of four elderly passengers. Some elderly but presumed healthy passengers were transferred to the Rotterdam to protect them from the virus.

About 120 crew members and 76 guests fell ill with flu-like symptoms, the trademark of coronavirus, and two are in critical condition. A total of 1,243 passengers and 1,247 crew are aboard both ships.

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