Tuesday, January 25

Coronavirus – US health officials recommend avoiding cruises

(Belga) US health authorities on Thursday recommended avoiding cruises, including for people vaccinated, due to the sharp increase in the number of Covid cases on board ships across the globe since the arrival of the Omicron variant.

While the number of new contaminations soars every day in the United States a little more, cruise passengers sailing in American territorial waters, which had reported 162 cases to health authorities between November 30 and December 14, reported 5,013 between the December 15 and 29, said a spokesperson for the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), the country’s main health agency, in an email to AFP. “The virus that causes Covid-19 is easily spread between people in close contact on board ships, and the risk of contracting Covid-19 on cruise ships is very high, even if you are fully vaccinated and have received a booster dose “, justify in an official message the CDC. They have therefore raised their alert level to the highest level. People still wanting to go on a cruise should get tested one to three days before their departure and three to five days after their return and, for those who are not fully vaccinated, go into quarantine for five days after disembarkation, recommend. health authorities. (Belga)


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