55 positive people on cruise ship departed from Florida

Fifty-five people tested positive for Covid-19 aboard a Royal Caribbean International cruise ship that left the US state of Florida on Saturday, the company said. Among those infected are passengers and crew, although 95% of those on board are vaccinated against the coronavirus, Royal Caribbean said late Wednesday.

The boat was not allowed to stop in the Caribbean islands of Curacao and Aruba, the last planned stops of its eight-day trip. It will therefore remain at sea until its return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on December 26. The “Odyssey of the Seas” has 3,587 passengers on board and 1,599 crew members, according to the daily USA Today.

According to the company, the 55 infected people are all vaccinated against the coronavirus and are either asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.

This is the second outbreak of coronavirus to be identified on a Royal Caribbean ship in less than a week. Last Saturday, the “Symphony of the Seas” returned to the port of Miami with 48 people affected by Covid.

The coronavirus caused the suspension of cruise activities for more than a year. They resumed in June with a series of measures to try to keep the virus at bay, such as the compulsory vaccine for employees and passengers over the age of 12 for Royal Caribbean for example. But the highly contagious Omicron variant presents a new challenge.

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