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44 people on Royal Caribbean cruise ship test positive for COVID-19

FILE – The cruise ship Symphony of the Seas is shown at PortMiami, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo / Wilfredo Lee)

(Hill) – More than 40 passengers on the Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas cruise ship have tested positive for the new coronavirus, USA Today reported.

The shipping line confirmed that 44 of the 6,074 passengers and crew members tested positive for COVID-19 on the cruise that ended in Miami on Saturday.

Royal Caribbean spokesman Lyan Sierra-Caro said the carrier had also informed passengers that an individual on board had tested positive for the omicron variant.

“We have been informed by the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) that a guest on our 4th (December) cruise has tested positive and it has been identified as omicrons.” Sierra-Caro told USA Today. “They (CDC) asked us to notify guests on the trip, the trip that ended today and the current one.”

According to USA Today, passengers 12 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated against the virus and test negative to be allowed on board, with children not eligible for the vaccine having to test negative, according to USA Today. .

Sierra-Caro also said 44 passengers had been identified through contact tracing after a single guest tested positive and was then promptly quarantined, USA Today reported.

“All those who have tested positive are asymptomatic, and we are constantly monitoring their health. Six guests had been taken off the ship earlier and taken home. The rest of the guests received support today when we arrived,” said Sierra-Caro.

Dozens of US states have now reported cases of the omicron variant, and public officials nationwide are reviewing public health measures to prevent its spread.

In a statement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed it was aware of the situation on board the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, saying it was “working with RCI to gather more information on cases and possibilities. exposure, and RCI will collect samples from the current trip for genetic sequencing. ”

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