More than 100 cruise ships in U.S. waters were carrying COVID-19 patients, according to CDC figures

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More than 100 cruise ships in US waters have suffered from COVID-19 outbreaks and nearly 3,000 passengers and crew have been infected with the virus, new data reveals.

The shock figures were obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by the New York Times, which released a detailed report on Saturday on how the coronavirus has disrupted the cruise industry.

In March, many cruise ships became home to COVID-19, with guests coming from all over the world and gathering in nearby neighborhoods, allowing the virus to spread.

Of the 121 cruise ships that entered U.S. waters after March 1, only 15 had no cases of COVID-19 on board, according to the CDC.

More than 100 cruise ships in US waters have suffered from COVID-19 outbreaks and nearly 3,000 passengers and crew have been infected with the virus, new data reveals. Pictured: Holland America’s MS Zaandam arriving in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 2, with infected people on board

Rescuers are pictured standing next to the Zaandam ready to assist sick passengers and crew to leave the ship on April 1.

Rescuers are pictured standing next to the Zaandam ready to assist sick passengers and crew to leave the ship on April 1.

The government organization alleges that of the nearly 3,000 people infected by cruise ships who entered American waters, more than 850 were passengers.

However, this number has been disputed by cruise lines who accused the CDC of “over-counting”.

The CDC number includes “clinically compatible” cases that were assumed to be COVID-19, but were not confirmed by a laboratory test.

The CDC says Florida-based Carnival Cruises had 47 ships on which passengers and / or crew were infected with COVID-19.

However, Carnival claims that only 15 of their cruises had laboratory confirmed virus cases.

Carnival operates nine brands, including Costa Cruises and Holland America Line.

In late March and early April, a number of Carnival ships attempted to dock in the United States with sick passengers on board.

First responders evacuate sick crew members with flu-like symptoms from two cruise ships, the Costa Favolosa and the Costa Magica in Miami on March 26

First responders evacuate sick crew members with flu-like symptoms from two cruise ships, the Costa Favolosa and the Costa Magica in Miami on March 26

The situation has posed both a logistical nightmare for local governments who have been forced to figure out how to disembark thousands of potentially infected passengers without putting them in contact with members of the general public.

The leaders also faced a moral dilemma: should they allow foreign passengers to enter the country to take intensive care beds that may be needed for residents who fell seriously ill from COVID-19?

On March 26, the world saw 13 sick crew members of two Costa cruise ships disembark in Miami on a lifeboat by doctors in dangerous overalls.

They were rushed to local hospitals for treatment.

On March 26, the world saw 13 sick crew members of two Costa cruise ships disembark in Miami on a lifeboat by doctors dressed in dangerous goods suits

On March 26, the world saw 13 sick crew members of two Costa cruise ships disembark in Miami on a lifeboat by doctors dressed in dangerous goods coveralls

The situation has posed both a logistical nightmare for local governments who have been forced to figure out how to disembark thousands of potentially infected passengers without putting them in contact with members of the general public.

The situation has posed both a logistical nightmare for local governments who have been forced to figure out how to disembark thousands of potentially infected passengers without putting them in contact with members of the general public.

There were dramatic scenes in Fort Lauderdale on April 2, when authorities authorized cruise ships MS Zaandam and MS Rotterdam to port, and sick passengers were transported to hospital

There were dramatic scenes in Fort Lauderdale on April 2, when authorities authorized cruise ships MS Zaandam and MS Rotterdam to port, and sick passengers were transported to hospital

Less than a week later, on April 2, there were dramatic scenes in Fort Lauderdale as authorities authorized cruise ships MS Zaandam and MS Rotterdam to port.

Critically ill passengers were evacuated from cruise ships with coronavirus, which eventually docked in Florida after being turned back by 14 other countries.

Four MS Zaandam passengers died during the cruise.

According to Saturday’s report in the New York Times, at least 80 people died on COVID-19 cruise ships worldwide.

Meanwhile, thousands of crew members were forced to stay on board their ships even after the guests had left.

A stranded American crew of several ships has granted interviews to television channels and shared photos on social media, pleading to get off the ships.

While many have now arrived at port, there are still 8 ships at sea with 21,506 crew members on board in US jurisdiction alone, reports the New York Times.

Thousands of crew members were forced to stay on board their ships even after the guests had left. A stranded American crew of several ships has granted interviews to television channels and shared photos on social media, pleading to get off the ships. Melinda Man (left) said she was `` captive against her will '' at sea after being prevented from disembarking from MS Oosterdam in Los Angeles in April

Thousands of crew members were forced to stay on board their ships even after the guests had left. A stranded American crew of several ships has granted interviews to television channels and shared photos on social media, pleading to get off the ships. Melinda Man (left) said she was “captive against her will” at sea after being prevented from disembarking from MS Oosterdam in Los Angeles in April

While most media have focused on the plight of passengers aboard cruise ships, thousands of crews have remained stranded. The crew is seen looking out the window of Holland America's Rotterdam on April 2 while they remained on board after the passenger evacuation

While most media have focused on the plight of passengers aboard cruise ships, thousands of crews have remained stranded. The crew is seen looking out the window of Holland America’s Rotterdam on April 2 while they remained on board after the passenger evacuation

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