Cruises banned through September over coronavirus spread, CDC says
This is the second time the CDC has extended its no-sail order for cruise ships
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended its ban on cruises because of the coronavirus pandemic.
On Thursday, the agency said cruise ships won’t be allowed to sail until at least Oct. 1.
This is the CDC’s second extension on its original no-sail order. The original order was issued March 14 and the second order was issued April 15.
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The most recent no-sail order was supposed to end on July 24, according to a report from the Miami Herald.
The CDC decided to extend its no-sail order as the number of coronavirus cases continues to increase in the U.S.
According to the CDC’s most recent order, there have been a total of 2,973 coronavirus cases, or coronavirus-like illnesses, and 34 deaths on cruise ships between March 1 and July 10.
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The order also said that 80 percent of cruise ships in U.S. waters were affected by the coronavirus during that time.
Another nine cruise ships are dealing with or resolving coronavirus outbreaks on board, the CDC said.
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“The challenges described in this document highlight the need for further action prior to cruise ships’ resuming passenger operations,” the CDC said in its recent order.
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