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Two people died on board the cruise ship infected with Coronavirus Coral Princess, the captain reported.
He provided a taped statement to the Washington Post regarding the ship’s status as it was about to dock in Miami.
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“I know how difficult this news is to bear, but given the current situation, we remain committed to transparent and consistent communication with you,” said the captain in the announcement.
“This information will have to be shared with the riparian authorities and will become public, so I wanted you to hear it from me first.”
Another Princess Cruises statement to Fox News said, “We all at Princess Cruises are deeply saddened to report that two guests have died on Coral Princess. Our hearts go out to their families, friends and all those affected by this loss. We all at Princess Cruises offer our sincere condolences. “
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Although it was unclear whether the deaths were due to the virus, the master confirmed that they had been treated at the ship’s medical center. The Coral Princess confirmed a dozen positive coronavirus cases during the week, including 7 guests and 5 crew members.
Passengers were asked to isolate themselves. The ship provided free services, including internet, room service and protective equipment, such as face masks.
“All of us at Princess Cruises are deeply saddened to announce that two guests have died on Coral Princess,” said parent company Carnival Corp. in a press release.
“Our hearts go out to their families, friends and everyone affected by this loss. We all at Princess Cruises offer our sincere condolences. “
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Florida struggled over the past week to deal with a similar situation when two Holland America cruise ships, the Rotterdam and the Zaandam, asked to dock and disembark in the event of a coronavirus emergency.
While Holland America’s ships suffered a more serious case, with more than 200 cases of coronavirus between ships, FL Governor Rick DeSantis was strongly opposed to the berthing authorization. He said he was concerned about the sudden influx of patients, especially those who were not citizens.
Mid-week he changed positions and allowed the two ships to dock, reaching what the mayor of Fort Lauderdale called “a humanitarian solution.”
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According to the Miami Herald, landing plans are in the works, and those healthy enough to return home are expected to leave tomorrow.