Cruise ships arrive off the coast of Florida on Thursday, where some passengers will soon be evacuated. The liners carry four dead and people with symptoms of coronavirus.
Liners Zaandam Cruise and Rotterdam are scheduled to arrive for the Florida coast on Thursday, April 2. On board almost 2,000 cruise passengers, including 105 French, but also four dead and people with symptoms of coronavirus. Leaving Argentina on March 7, they have been wandering for 15 days along the coasts of the American continent. From Chile to Panama via Ecuador and Peru, all the countries have so far refused to let them land.
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Since Sunday March 22, cruise passengers from Zaandam are now confined to the extreme. Nicole Avot, 65, and her husband have never left the 12 m² of their cabin: “We are totally confined. Meals are delivered at the foot of the doors, the trash cans are not emptied, the sheets are not changed.”
Morale is starting to deteriorate, knowing that the number of sick people on board is unknown.at franceinfo
On board the Zaandam there are at least nine confirmed cases of Covid-19, nearly 190 flight attendants or passengers with suspicious flu symptoms and four people who have died.
Florence Foyatier, 69 and apparently in good health, was transferred to the emergency liner, the Rotterdam, but on Wednesday the two ships had to break down off Cuba. “A ship with breathing material left Rotterdam to join the Zaandam, says Florence Foyatier. There are two people who are very very bad “.
There are really a lot of potential Covid-19 sufferers but there weren't any tests for everyone.at franceinfo
The problem is where the two ships can disembark. The Florida government has announced that only cruise lines resident in Florida may disembark. President Donald Trump has announced that Canadians and British citizens will be able to be evacuated to their countries of origin. No details regarding passengers of other nationalities.