Coronavirus: US CDC warns against cruise travel, says COVID-19 risk very high

The Grand Princess cruise ship heads for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on March 9, 2020, in this view from Sausalito, California. (AP)

The US Centers 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.

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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 September 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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Last Update: Sunday, 22 November 2020 KSA 08:16 - GMT 05:16