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No-sail order for cruise ships extended: CDC

It’s time to drop anchor, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

While some cruise ships with Covid-19 patients are still looking for ports, the CDC is extended it no-sail order for 100 days or until the pandemic is deemed over, Theresa Norton of Travel Pulse reported.

“We are working with the cruise line industry to address the health and safety of crew at sea as well as communities surrounding US cruise ship points of entry,” said CDC Director Robert Redfield.

The order will remain in place until one of three situations occurs: The Secretary of Health and Human Services’ declares the Covid-19 public health emergency is over; the CDC director rescinds or modifies the order; or 100 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register, the report said.

Cruise lines halted operations voluntarily on March 14 and many companies have extended their suspensions, the report said.

In announcing the no-sail order, the CDC said in a statement that “cruise ship travel markedly increases the risk and impact of the Covid-19 outbreak within the United States.”

In recent weeks, at least 10 cruise ships reported crew or passengers that tested positive or experienced respiratory symptoms or influenza-like illness. Currently, the CDC said, there are approximately 100 cruise ships remaining at sea off the east, west and Gulf coasts, with nearly 80,000 crew onboard, the rpeort said.

Additionally, the CDC said 20 cruise ships at port or anchorage in the US have known or suspected Covid-19 infection among the crew who remain on board, the report said.

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