COVID-19-infected cruise ship docks in New Orleans – .

COVID-19-infected cruise ship docks in New Orleans – .

A Norwegian Cruise Line ship arrived in New Orleans on Sunday with several passengers and crew who had contracted COVID-19.
Norwegian Breakaway departed New Orleans on November 28 and called in Belize, Honduras and Mexico, the Louisiana Department of Health noted.

The Louisiana Department of Health, which is working alongside the cruise line, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others to manage the outbreak, said at least 10 people have been tested positive for the virus. Over 3,200 people were on board the ship.

In a statement, Norwegian Cruise Line said all cases of COVID-19 were asymptomatic.

“We have identified a handful of COVID-19 cases among guests and crew aboard Norwegian Breakaway,” the statement added.

“We are testing all individuals on Norwegian Breakaway prior to disembarkation, as well as post-exposure and quarantine public health advice from the CDC,” the statement also said.

The cruise line said passengers who tested positive would take their personal vehicles to their private residences or “self-isolate in accommodations provided by the company.”

Some passengers on the ship said they were not aware of the outbreak until a reporter told them about it. Others said they had been informed of the positive cases on board, according to WVUE, a local Fox subsidiary in New Orleans.

Passengers said they were tested for COVID-19 on Saturday before leaving the ship on Sunday. The cruise line also provided them with quick take-home tests when they left the ship, WVUE reported.

The company is demanding that its passengers be vaccinated against COVID-19 and said its current departure schedule remains unchanged. The ship that recently returned with the positive cases is expected to leave for another trip on Sunday evening, according to The Associated Press.

The Louisiana Department of Health added in a tweeter Sunday that the state had confirmed its first case of the omicron variant.


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