Vice President Mike Pence introduced Friday that the Grand Princess cruise ship off California’s coast has at least 21 individuals contaminated with coronavirus — and that each one 3,522 individuals aboard shall be examined.
Pence mentioned the ship shall be moored at a non-commercial port to facilitate testing of the passengers to make sure they don’t disperse COVID-19. Only 46 individuals aboard the huge cruise ship had been examined for the virus.
Of the contaminated, 19 are crew members and two are passengers. Twenty-four different individuals aboard examined unfavourable and one was inconclusive, officers mentioned at a White House briefing.
The ship, carrying 1,100 crew and a pair of,600 passengers, left San Francisco on Feb. 21 for a cruise to Hawaii. A deliberate go to to Mexico upon return was cancelled after a passenger on the ship’s earlier voyage — to Mexico — died of coronavirus.
The Grand Princess had been as a result of return to San Francisco on Saturday.
Pence, the Trump administration’s level particular person on coronavirus response, mentioned it’s doubtless that the crew members will stay aboard whereas testing is completed. He mentioned plans stay in progress for transferring passengers to navy base quarantines.
Deborah Birx, Pence’s coordinator on the disaster, mentioned: “We know most of the individuals on the cruise ship are of their 60s, 70s and 80s… as we all know that’s a extra weak group that we pay particular consideration to … we’re working very onerous with the individuals on the ship and the medical staff there to ensure that their well being and welfare is prioritized.”
Pence added: “Cruise ships current a singular problem for well being officers. And so we might ask aged Americans to make use of widespread sense planning any cruise ”
The quarantine of one other cruise ship owned by the identical firm, the Diamond Princess, in Japan final month resulted in unfold of the virus amongst passengers. Health authorities condemned steps taken to mitigate that unfold.
In the case of the Diamond Princess, 696 out of about 3,700 passengers and crew finally examined constructive, of whom six have died.
The coronavirus has contaminated greater than 200 U.S. residents, of whom 14 have died. Globally, greater than 100,000 individuals have been contaminated, with greater than 3,000 deaths.