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Mexico says it won’t turn away cruise ships carrying covid outbreaks

Passengers and cruise crew who don’t show symptoms will be allowed to walk off the dock

Mexico ports will receive cruises with coronavirus outbreaks onboard, the country’s health department announced Tuesday, ensuring no more of the massive ships will be turned away in search of another landing, the Washington Post reports.
Passengers and crew who show symptoms or test positive will quarantine or be admitted to hospitals, the statement says. People who show no symptoms are allowed to leave the ships and interact with locals on land with encouragement to wear a mask and frequently clean their hands.

According to the statement from the Secretariat of Health, a ship that was rebuffed from two previous ports was allowed to dock at the port of Guaymas in the northern state of Sonora. Reuters identified that ship as Holland America’s MS Zuiderdam, reporting that the vessel embarking from San Diego with 2,000 people held 28 crew members and two passengers who tested positive, according to Sonora health minister José Luis Alomía Zegarra.

In a story about rising outbreaks and disruptions on cruise ships over Christmas holidays, The Washington Post reported the Holland America-owned Koningsdam was unable to dock in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, after 21 crew members tested positive. The report also identified the Carnival Freedom, heading for Bonaire, and Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas as ships that were unable to dock because of the coronavirus.

Through Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported there were 86 cruise ships carrying passengers in U.S. waters that had coronavirus cases onboard, the most since the industry’s return to the seas following a 15-month shutdown.

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