About 1,000 Americans are stranded on a cruise ship hit by a Covid-19 outbreak after Mexico banned travelers from disembarking, according to reports.
Holland America Line’s Koningsdam left San Diego on Sunday for Mexico, but the Mexican state of Jalisco banned people from leaving the ship because some people tested positive for Covid.
The cruise line could not be reached for comment on Friday because of the Christmas break, but Holland America spokesman Erik Elvejord sent an email notice to Fox 5 San Diego.
Elvejord told the local Fox Outlet that the cases came from fully vaccinated crew members.
“All of them have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all and are isolated,” he said. “Close contacts have been quarantined out of an abundance of caution.”
He said he could not reveal how many positive cases there were, but the Daily Mail reports that 21 crew members have tested positive for viruses.
The ship is heading back to San Diego and will return on Sunday, according to Fox.
One of the passengers – Beverly Carver-Percival – shared her disappointment on Facebook.
She said: “Well after a long trip we finally made it to Puerto Vallarta and due to Covid Mexican customs wouldn’t let us off the ship.”
“But we’ve had a beautiful trip so far and we’ll probably do another one here without the cruise line,” she wrote.
“I don’t think swearing on Facebook is allowed but the F-bomb is on the tip of my tongue.
“Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
“Lots of love to my dear family and friends.”
One Twitter user praised the cruise line and how it handled the situation in a post on Thursday.
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It was one of three cruise ships docked in South Florida that were affected.
“Each person was quickly placed in isolation. All those who tested positive were asymptomatic or had mild symptoms and we continuously monitor their health,” said Royal Caribbean International. with NPR in a statement.
Outbreaks broke out as the Omicron variant rapidly spread across the US during the holiday season.
According to the latest information CDC It is estimated that at least 73% of all new Covid cases are due to the Omicron variant, particularly in Florida, where the largest single-day increase in new cases reported since the pandemic began. .
An expert has revealed two symptoms Omicron can strike “very quickly” including fatigue and headache.
Expert studies have shown that the risk of severe illness from Covid-19 is reduced by 90% or more in fully vaccinated people.
While there have been breakthrough cases of Covid in vaccinated people, they are rare.
In the event of a breakthrough case, it is highly unlikely that the victim will be hospitalized with severe symptoms or die from the virus.
Health officials have recommended that the Omicron variant is more infectious and could lead to further breakout cases.
However, the spread could be offset by all vaccinated Americans getting a booster shot.
Current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalization, and death from infection with the Omicron variant.
With other variants, like Delta, the vaccine is still effective in preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death.
Studies have also shown that side effects from vaccines are extremely rare.
Source: Centers for Disease Control.
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17141395/cruise-ship-mexico-covid-outbreak/ More than 1,000 Americans were stranded on the MS Koningsdam cruise ship over Christmas when Mexico banned them from disembarking due to the Covid outbreak.