PUBLISHED: 08:16, Thu, Oct 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:23, Thu, Oct 1, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has decided to extend its “no sail” order for cruise ships. The “no-sail” order was set to expire after yesterday but this will not be the case. The extended order will be in place until the end of October due to concerns about the deadly spread of coronavirus.
The “no-sail” order means that cruise ships that can carry more than 250 passengers in US waters are suspended.
The original “no-sail” order was issued back in March when the coronavirus pandemic began to infect thousands.
March also saw hundreds of people test positive for COVID-19 onboard cruise ships across the world.
Cases of coronavirus reported on cruise ships in US waters amount to around 3,689 cases between March 1 and September 29, according to the CDC.
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There have also been at least 41 deaths from coronavirus on cruise ships.
The agency warned that “these numbers are likely incomplete and an underestimate.”
The CDC said previously that cruise ship travel exacerbates the global spread of Covid-19” which is why they put the order in place.
The CDC said when they were announcing the extension that recent outbreaks on cruise ships abroad show that cruise ships still spread COVID-19.
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