Cruise passengers tested positive for COVID-19 in Italy – –

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Cruise passengers tested positive for COVID-19 in Italy – –


Two passengers on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean have tested positive for COVID-19.

The pair were traveling aboard the MSC Seaside cruise ship and disembarked with their families in Syracuse, Sicily on Tuesday, MSC told CNN on Wednesday. Both passengers were asymptomatic.

The cruise had previously docked in Malta but passengers were not allowed to disembark because the ship had only made a “technical” call, according to the cruise line, who did not disclose the nationality or the total number of passengers to. edge.

All passengers traveling with MSC must pass a COVID-19 test 96 hours before departure, another when boarding and a third during the cruise. MSC does not require passengers to be vaccinated, but the rules apply to those who have been vaccinated.

Passengers on board are required to wear masks in public areas and at social distance.

“Our protocol is working, if not on board, these two people would still move freely,” said MSC spokesman Michele Curatolo.

The company has a contingency plan for each port of call, Cuartolo added, which means that a “protective transfer was immediately activated” for the two passengers who tested positive.

Luca Biondolillo, director of communications for MSC Cruise, said three of the company’s ships are currently at sea, a number expected to rise to eight by August.

In August 2020, MSC Cruises was the first major cruise line to resume navigation in Europe after the end of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since then, the cruise line has been offering Italian cruises on and off and recently launched the first UK cruise in over a year.

Those who wish to cruise from the United States have had to put their plans on hold due to the pandemic, but there is hope on the horizon.

Cruises on many cruise lines are expected to depart from U.S. ports within the next month, nearly 15 months after a banning order from the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention halted cruises .

Most ships are still awaiting CDC approval to navigate. Since October last year, the agency has released a series of evolving requirements and guidelines in the form of a conditional navigation order.

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