A Cruise Ship Returns to New Orleans with 17 Coronavirus Cases Aboard

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December 6. More than a dozen people who were on a cruise ship that docked in New Orleans on Sunday tested positive for the coronavirus, health officials said, underscoring the obstacles the cruise-line industry continues to face after more than a year of restrictions and setbacks.

Ten people aboard the Norwegian Breakaway, operated by Norwegian Cruise Line, tested positive on Saturday, before the ship docked, according to the Louisiana Department of Health, and by Sunday, that number had risen to 17, health officials said. That includes one “probable case” of the Omicron variant in a crew member, they said.

The Norwegian Breakaway, carrying more than 3,200 people, departed from New Orleans on Nov. 28 and made stops in Belize, Honduras and Mexico before returning to Louisiana.

The cruise line said in a statement on Monday that the people who tested positive on the ship were asymptomatic, and that the crew member who was thought to have the Omicron variant “was in isolation for the entirety of the cruise,” which began on Nov. 28.

Norwegian Cruise Line had been following the appropriate quarantine and isolation protocols, health officials said, adding that every passenger would be required to take a coronavirus test before disembarking. The travelers who tested positive either traveled by personal vehicle directly to their homes or were self-isolating, officials said in a statement.

Source: The New York Times

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91370cookie-checkA Cruise Ship Returns to New Orleans with 17 Coronavirus Cases Aboard