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CDC raises warning on cruise line travel to very high risk for coronavirus

CDC raises warning on cruise line travel to very high risk for coronavirus
Cruise ships are seen docked at Miami port as the tourism industry is affected by the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Miami, Florida, US, March 26, 2020.
PHOTO: Reuters

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Saturday it recommended that all people avoid cruise ship travel as the risk of COVID-19 on liners is very high.

The CDC advised passengers who decide to go on a cruise should get tested 3-5 days after their trip and stay home for 7 days after travel, even if they test negative.

Last month, the agency issued a framework for a phased resumption of cruise ship operations after a no-sail order issued in March in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic was to expire.

The CDC said earlier that from March 1 through Sept 28, data showed “a total of 3,689 confirmed cases of Covid-19 or Covid-like illness cases on cruise ships and 41 deaths.”

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