Cruises off the US coast are in the authorities' sights due to the increase in Omicron cases.


Cruises off the US coast are in the authorities' sights due to the increase in Omicron cases.

The confirmation of newly infected with COVID-19 in the boats has forced the isolation of passengers. In some Caribbean ports, they were not allowed to disembark.

The authorities of the United States were monitoring this Sunday dozens of cruise ships hit by cases of COVID-19 while they were sailing in the country's waters, several of which were allegedly denied to arrive at a port in the Caribbean.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 60 vessels were under observation after "reported COVID-19 cases reached the threshold for CDC investigation," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The US newspaper The Washington Post reported that several cruise ships were denied porting at their scheduled destinations.

One of them, Carnival Freedom, returned from the Caribbean island of Buner, the Post noted.

"We're traveling in a Petri dish," said Ashley Peterson, a 34-year-old passenger on board. I feel like I spent my last week at a superspeed event.

Speaking to AFP, Carnival confirmed that a small number on the board had been isolated due to code-positive tests.

The rapid spread of the Omicron variety can shape how destination authorities with limited medical resources can handle very few cases, even when they are being managed with our full protocol, the company said. Commented without providing further details.

The Carnival Freedom arrived in Miami on Sunday morning, disembarking all its passengers and "will leave on its next trip as planned," he said, adding that if it is denied entry into a port, it will work to "find an alternate destination.".

CDC is "fully informed and supporting our protocols and operational plans," he added.

According to the company, this week, 55 people tested positive for COVID aboard the Royal Caribbean International cruise ship.

The contagions registered in the "Odyssey of the Seas" affected passengers and crew members, even though 95% of the people on board were vaccinated against the disease, indicated Royal Caribbean.

The ship was not cleared to enter the Caribbean islands of Curaçao and Aruba, the last scheduled stop on its eight-day voyage. It returned to port in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Sunday.

Meanwhile, nearly 7,900 flights were canceled worldwide over the long Christmas weekend due to climate change of the omicron type of COVID-19 virus, which is particularly affecting aircraft crews.