CDC extends no-sail order for cruise ships

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In an order Thursday, the CDC extended the suspension of "passenger operations on cruise ships with the capacity to carry at least 250 passengers in waters" through September 15.

CDC issued its No Sail Order on 14 March and this was renewed on 9 April.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) last month announced a voluntary suspension of cruise operations from USA ports until September 15 and CDC said it extended its ban as not all cruise operators are members of CLIA.

"Even when only essential crew are on board, ongoing spread of COVID-19 still occurs", the CDC reports.

The UK Foreign Office has made a U-turn on its cruise advise just days after advising against all cruise ship travel for all British nationals.

A CDC statement read: "On cruise ships, passengers and crew share spaces that are more crowded than most urban settings".

The new CDC data indicates from the period of March 1 to July 10, 2020, a total of 2,973 COVID-19 disease or COVID-like illness cases have been confirmed on cruise ships, in addition to 34 related fatalities.

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However, things are now looking up, as the FCO has updated that advice saying it relates only to "international travel" on "sea-going cruise ships".

Seven cruise lines submitted "response plans" to the CDC detailing how they would manage the disease while crew members were still on board, but officials say these were often "incomplete".

However, the CDC chose to stretch it as the country saw a staggering 60,000 new cases of the virus Wednesday - the biggest increase ever reported by a country in a single day, according to Telegraph.

Cruisers don't really have a choice for now as cruise lines in the United Kingdom have suspended operations.

"The Foreign & Commonwealth Office continues to support the Department for Transport's work with industry for the resumption of global cruise travel".

Florida, where many cruises begin and end, reported almost 14,000 new virus cases and set a single-day record of 156 deaths on Thursday, beating the previous high of 132 deaths reported on Tuesday.

Florida is now reporting more Covid-19 cases daily than any other state in the country.

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