An 86-year-old retired British doctor fell ill on one of the coronavirus cruise ships that were finally cleared to dock in Florida after being refused port of 14 countries.
Dr Partha Basu and his wife Marian, 69, a former nurse from Manchester, were traveling to South America on the liner MS Zandaam when the passengers began to fall ill.
The couple were transferred to their sister ship, MS Rotterdam, but have also started to report infections believed to be coronaviruses.
The two ships were carrying more than 200 British tourists and a repatriation mission was launched to bring the stranded British nationals home.
But Dr. Basu’s family “no longer hopes” the octogenarian can travel across the Atlantic after he fell ill.
Although the ex-GP is not believed to have been tested, it is feared that he would be infected with a coronavirus after showing symptoms.
His anxious daughter Tanya Basu revealed that her father had been transported from Rotterdam to Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, and taken to hospital, where he was in stable condition but had difficulty eating due to his diabetes.
Posting a photo of her parents on Facebook, she wrote yesterday, “Today is my father’s 86th birthday. He was Dr. Partha Basu, a retired general practitioner from Manchester, and my mother, Marian, a retired nurse and health visitor for homeless families; currently on the Rotterdam.
“Unfortunately, my father got sick yesterday, so we don’t hope he can get home soon, but we remain positive, one challenge at a time.
“They keep telling us how hard the crew should go, how useful the captain’s updates are and now how medical professionals are on board. “
Dr Partha Basu of Manchester was on MS Rotterdam with his wife Marian, 69, a former nurse, when the deadly disease spread to the ocean liner and its twin ship, MS Zaandam
A gravely ill passenger was expelled from MS Zaandam by medical workers dressed in hazardous materials and placed in an ambulance in Port Everglades, Port Lauderdale, yesterday. The vessel has been cleared to dock after being turned back by 14 countries
The couple’s other daughter, Sally Worthington, described her father’s symptoms as similar to those experienced by the victims of Covid-19.
Yesterday, she told the BBC, “I spoke to mom today and she said dad was better, but it could be the flu, a lung infection or the virus – it looks like ‘They will take him directly to the ship’s hospital.
Dr Basu, who worked as a general practitioner in Newton’s Heath district of Manchester, and Ms Basu were to spend only a week on board the Zaandam in South America.
But when the people on board started to get sick with flu-like symptoms, alarm bells started to ring and medical passengers were transferred to the sister ship Rotterdam off the coast of Panama.
The ships were turned back by 14 countries, before being reluctantly docked off Florida, where sick passengers were transported to hospital.
They were placed on stretchers and taken to ambulances waiting on the dock by medical personnel dressed in hazardous materials.
Four Zaandam passengers died during the cruise, including British passenger John Carter, 75.
His widow, 74, who has trouble eating, was quarantined on the ship in isolation. Two of those who died tested positive for Covid-19.
Up to 13 tourists and a crew member have been taken to Broward Health Medical Center with flu-like symptoms, reports Local10, while 45 passengers on the ship have been ordered to quarantine on board.
The ship was first deprived of a port, but was later cleared to dock alongside Rotterdam on Thursday after President Donald Trump intervened.
There were nine confirmed cases of coronavirus on MS Zaandam and 250 passengers and crew members developed flu-like symptoms. Those who are in good health have been landed at MS Rotterdam.
The 1,211 people on board the healthy ships will be disembarked and taken to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport before being repatriated to San Francisco, London, Paris and other destinations.
The remaining 1,211 passengers on board who will be feeling well will be disembarked over the next two to three days and taken to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport for flights to their countries of origin. Up to 311 are American citizens
MS Zaandam and its sister ship MS Rotterdam have been cleared to dock at port after 27 days at sea
A black SUV with Covid-19 Essential Service was also spotted on the dock in Port Everglades
Sick passenger transferred from MS Zaandam to waiting ambulance in Port Everglades yesterday
Up to 45 people have been quarantined on board. A sick passenger is shown above after being unloaded
A second sick passenger is transported by ambulance for treatment. Four passengers died on board – two tested positive for coronavirus, causing worldwide arrest
Sick passenger abducted from MS Zaandam last night before being transported to hospital
Baggage removed from the ship will also be disinfected before being returned to travelers for their return journey.
The group dressed in hazardous materials was photographed preparing the bags for disinfection before their return to their country of origin
Deaths from coronavirus in the United States have continued to escalate since the start of the epidemic
Carter’s family desperately pleaded with President Trump to allow his widow to disembark on Thursday.
“She has trouble eating limited meals and is not feeling well,” they said. “She is visibly distressed and extremely frightened.
“They were both in good health and did not foresee the terrible situation that had occurred. John became ill on board the ship on March 22.
Authorities in Florida have said that British nationals and those from other countries can return home. The British Embassy in Florida said on Twitter that it “celebrates the fact that British nationals on board will be returning home soon.”
International passenger disembarkation begins today with 1,164 departures scheduled for Toronto, Atlanta, San Francisco, Paris, Frankfurt and London, reports Business Insider.
The first American passengers, who reside in Florida and are in good health, were allowed to disembark and return home yesterday.
The remaining passengers will be disembarked on Saturday, said the cruise liner. They will be controlled by port authorities and allowed to enter through US customs and border protection.
No crew of the two ships will disembark.
MS Zaadam began its journey to Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 7 and was scheduled to land in San Antonio, Chile on March 21. However, the coronavirus epidemic forced the ship to veer more than 4,000 miles off-road.
MS Rotterdam left for a 15-day cruise from San Diego, California to the Panama Canal on March 11. He was forced to turn more than 1,000 miles to reach Florida.
An ambulance pictured next to the MS Rotterdam cruise ship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, yesterday before disembarking
A passenger is carried by stretcher in an ambulance. They are taken to Broward Health Medical Center for treatment
Sick passenger is pictured being loaded into an ambulance by health workers before being transported to a nearby hospital
A passenger gives a helping hand to the others on board as they are transferred to an ambulance. Nine MS Zaandam passengers tested positive for coronavirus
British passenger John Carter, 75, died on board MS Zaandam after falling ill on March 22. His widow, who was not allowed to land, would not eat properly. Her family advocated for her to be allowed to return to the UK
The bridges of MS Zaandam this morning. Healthy passengers transferred to MS Rotterdam, with 45 people invited to quarantine on board
Yesterday morning, two people on MS Zaandam wearing masks watch from its bridges
Crew aboard MS Zaandam when it docked in Port Everglades yesterday morning
Holland America yesterday expressed “sincere gratitude” to President Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for helping to resolve the situation.
“These travelers could have been any of us or our families, unexpectedly caught in the middle of this unprecedented closure of world borders that happened in a matter of days and without warning,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America.
“We are very pleased to be able to bring our clients home and help those who need additional medical services. The COVID-19 situation is one of the most urgent tests of our common humanity, and we must do everything in our power to continue to act in a manner compatible with our common human dignity.
Thursday’s deal comes after Trump urged DeSantis to drop his opposition to accepting ships. The Governor expressed concern that sick passengers would remove hospital beds from Florida residents who catch COVID-19.
The state is believed to be one of the country’s next coronavirus hotspots, with confirmed cases of the virus exploding there in recent days. Florida has now reported more than 8,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and the state’s death toll rose 16% on Wednesday.
MS Zaandam has been diverted from berthing in all ports in South America.
The Zaandam is pictured arriving in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Thursday. Coronavirus ship carries 1,045 passengers and crew
Finally land! Zaandam is pictured making its way to the harbor shortly before 5 p.m. Eastern time Thursday
The cruise liner made its way into Everglades harbor just before 5 p.m., much to the relief of those on board
MS Rotterdam is pictured arriving at the port after the twin ship Zaandam. The boat is photographed off the coast of Florida before arriving in the city. 1381 people on board the ship
Rotterdam passengers cheer as they head to Port Everglades wharf in Fort Lauderdale
Rotterdam staff watch as they head to Port Everglades wharf Thursday afternoon
Rescuers stand near Zaandam ready to help sick passengers and crew leave the ship
Canadian passengers Chris and Anna Joiner seek help aboard the Zaandam on March 27
Holland America has now suspended all cruise operations for the next thirty days, extending a previous suspension started on March 13. It also aims to end all current cruises as quickly as possible.
There were 808 guests and 583 crew members on board MS Rotterdam and 442 guests and 603 crew members on board MS Zaandam.
Customers booked on cruises affected by cancellations are offered a full refund.
PRESIDENT TRUMP INTERVENES: “THEY DIE, WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING”
At the White House press conference on Wednesday, Trump said of cruise ship passengers, “They are dying, so we have to do something about it.”
“It is a difficult situation, it is a difficult situation. You can understand that there are people who are sick on these ships and that the states do not want to take them – they have enough problems right now, they do not want to take them.
An 80-year-old San Francisco passenger said he was discouraged that the United States had not been more helpful in their rescue efforts. “Jesus Christ, people, this is not the black plague. What kind of fragile people do we have [America] become that we cannot meet the challenge? he said by SMS.
“But from a human point of view, we have no choice. We have to … people die. We are going to do something. ‘
More than 236,000 Americans have acquired COVID-19, and more than 5,100 have died from the virus.
Governor DeSantis said on Wednesday that he was only interested in accepting the 49 Floridians on board.
“My concern is simply that we have worked so hard to ensure we have adequate hospital space in the event of a sudden surge in COVID-19 that we would not want these precious beds to be taken up because of the cruise ship,” said he declared.
“Simply dropping people where we have the most cases right now just doesn’t make much sense,” added the governor.
DeSantis issued a “stay at home” order for residents of his state on Wednesday amid an explosion in the number of cases. He was criticized for implementing the order too late – with criticism
However, his overthrow comes amid growing pressure – not only from the president, but also from other Florida politicians.
“It is immoral not to let them come. We need a plan, a health care plan, obviously to protect the citizens on the ground and make sure that we test everyone, isolate them if necessary, “the representative of the Florida, Donna Shalala.
“We have to admit them, the sickest have to go to our hospitals and, of course, the hospitals are crowded, but we Americans don’t refuse people.”
On Saturday evening, the Rotterdam welcomed almost 1,400 people who seem to be in good health from Zaandam.
The passengers were seen in lifeboats on the side of the Zaandam, before proceeding to the Rotterdam which was anchored nearby.
After the exercise, 450 guests and 602 crew members remained on the Zaandam.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said Wednesday that he was only interested in accepting the 49 Floridians on cruise ships
At the White House press conference on Wednesday, Trump said of cruise ship passengers, “They are dying, so we have to do something”
Florida is one of the country’s coronavirus hotspots with deaths up 16% on Wednesday. DeSantis says he wants to keep hospital beds for residents
Passengers were seen on lifeboats on the side of the Zaandam on Saturday before heading to the nearby Rotterdam anchored
PASSENGERS ASKED GOVERNMENT FOR HELP: “GET US FRAMING THIS VESSEL!
Passengers complain of worsening conditions on board ships – some say they feel trapped.
An 80-year-old passenger from San Francisco told the New York Times that he was discouraged that the United States had not been more helpful in the rescue attempts.
“Jesus Christ, people, this is not the black plague. What kind of fragile people have we become that we cannot meet the challenge? he said by SMS.
Passenger Chris Joiner told Canadian broadcaster CBC that he had asked for help from the Canadian Embassy in Chile, saying, “Get out of this boat.”
Toronto resident Michael Kasprow said he was worried about his elderly mother and friend, both 80, who are trapped on board. “We have seen what it can do on a cruise ship, and I just feel like they are sitting on ducks,” he said.
Another couple expressed concerns that, even when docked, they could be stranded away from home due to escalating travel restrictions and flight bans.
“How do we get back from a port whose flights are decreasing day by day? Said Norma Kirkham, 63, of Victoria, Canada. “Where are we going to stay?”
Canadian passenger Anna Joiner is pictured in her cabin aboard the MS Zaandam last week. Many passengers have complained of being “imprisoned” on ships and their chances of getting coronavirus are increasing by the day
CRUISE SHIP CHAOS: THOUSANDS STILL BLOCKED AT SEA
Last Thursday, more than a dozen crew members of two Costa cruise ships were brought ashore to Miami before being rushed to hospital for a coronavirus test.
Surprising images have seen more than a dozen Costa Favolosa and Costa Magica crews jump into lifeboats to reach the Americas.
The crew members were wearing dangerous coveralls and were inspected by doctors when they arrived on land, and several ambulances were waiting to escort them to the hospital.
A company spokesperson said that the Costa Favolosa and the Costa Magica were carrying a combined total of 1,939 crew members, and that at least 30 people had flu.
The remaining crew of the two boats is still trapped on the ships, which are anchored outside Miami, a week later.
The decision to bring in sick crew members divided the Miami community – with many arguing that resources should go to locals, not foreign cruise lines.
The decision to bring in sick crew members divided the Miami community – with many arguing that resources should go to locals, not foreign cruise lines.
More than a dozen crew members from two Costa cruise ships were brought ashore to Miami, before being rushed to hospital for coronavirus testing
Toujours coincé: 1 926 membres d’équipage restent à bord du Costa Favolosa et du Costa Magica, tous deux ancrés au large de Miami pendant plus d’une semaine. Ils n’ont pas été autorisés à accoster dans la ville
NAVIRES DE CROISIÈRE ET CORONAVIRUS: ÉVOLUTIONS À BORD DES NAVIRES
Le Zaandam a mis les voiles pour un voyage de deux semaines au départ de Buenos Aires, en Argentine, le 7 mars – 10 jours avant que la compagnie n’annule tous les voyages par crainte d’une épidémie – et devait arriver au Chili le 21 mars.
Le navire avait été autorisé à accoster à Punta Arenas au Chili, mais à son arrivée le 14 mars, l’autorisation a été refusée et les passagers ont été empêchés de partir.
Il s’est arrêté à Valparaiso, au Chili, pour prendre plus de vivres et de carburant, mais on a ordonné aux gens de rester à bord.
Carnival Cruises, le plus grand opérateur de croisières au monde qui possède également conjointement les navires Zaandam et Rotterdam, a déclaré que plus de 6 000 passagers sont toujours bloqués en mer à bord de ses navires.
Y compris les plus de 2000 à bord du Zaandam et de Rotterdam, le Costa Magica et la Costa Favolosa du Carnival sont également bloqués en mer près de Miami au milieu des négociations avec les garde-côtes américains pour évacuer les passagers.
Les États et les nations ont refusé des navires après que des cas de coronavirus ont été confirmés à bord.
Les navires de croisière sont devenus des foyers particuliers pour le virus, un certain nombre de paquebots étant condamnés à des épidémies mortelles.
Dans la pire crise des navires de croisière jusqu’à présent, 706 personnes ont été testées positives sur le Diamond Princess après que les autorités japonaises ont imposé un verrouillage de deux semaines à Yokohama.
Au moins sept personnes sont décédées après avoir été transportées à l’hôpital à partir du navire condamné.
Les passagers ont été confinés dans leurs cabines pendant le verrouillage, mais plusieurs pays ont finalement perdu patience avec le Japon et ont transporté leurs citoyens par avion.
Le Japon a été largement critiqué pour la façon dont il a manipulé le navire, un spécialiste des maladies ayant déclaré que la quarantaine était «complètement inadéquate» après avoir pris connaissance des conditions à bord.
Le Japon avait initialement mis le navire en fourrière après qu’un passager qui avait quitté le navire à Hong Kong en janvier ait par la suite été testé positif.
Quelques semaines plus tard, un autre navire des Caraïbes Princess a été frappé par une épidémie, lorsque deux passagers et 19 membres d’équipage sur le bateau de croisière Grand Princess ont été testés positifs pour le coronavirus au début de mars.
Le navire a accosté à Oakland, en Californie, le 9 mars, avec 3 500 à bord et des personnes ont été rapatriées et envoyées dans des bases militaires en quarantaine.
Navires de croisière toujours en mer:
Croisière: Holland America Line
MS Zaandam: 190 malades à bord; 4 décès
MS Rotterdam: Aucun cas COVID-19
La plupart des passagers débarqueront le 2 avril à Fort Lauderdale, en Floride.
Compagnie de croisière: Princess Cruises
Coral Princess: Aucun cas COVID-19
Les passagers débarqueront le 4 avril à Fort Lauderdale, en Floride.
Pacific Princess: Aucun cas COVID-19
Les passagers arriveront à Los Angeles à la mi-avril.
Compagnie de croisière: P&O Cruises
L’Arcadie: pas de cas COVID-19
Ce navire devrait accoster à Southampton, en Angleterre, le 12 avril.
Croisière: Cunard Line
Queen Mary 2: pas de cas COVID-19
Il y a 264 passagers à bord et le navire se dirige vers Southampton, en Angleterre.
Compagnie de croisière: MSC Cruises
MSC Magnifica: Pas de cas COVID-19
Le navire se dirige vers l’Europe
Croisière: Cruise & Maritime Voyages
Columbus: pas de cas COVID-19
Le navire devrait arriver à Tilbury, en Angleterre, le 13 avril.
Compagnie de croisière: Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
MS Europa: Aucun cas COVID-19
Avec seulement des membres d’équipage à bord, le navire se rend à la Barbade et devrait arriver le 3 avril.
Nature hanséatique: Aucun cas COVID-19
Avec seulement des membres d’équipage à bord, le navire devrait arriver à Hambourg, en Allemagne, le 15 avril.
Croisière: Carnival Cruises
Costa Magica: Échoué près du port de Miami.
Costa Favolosa: Échoué près du port de Miami.