They investigate all cruise ships in operation in the US after reports of COVID-19 infections.

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source: nytimes.com

They investigate all cruise ships in operation in the US after reports of COVID-19 infections.

The CDC raised its travel advisory to the highest level and urged avoiding these ships, including vaccinated people.

All cruise ships operating in the United States with passengers are under investigation by the health authorities after reporting contagion of covid-19 in the last week due to the rebound in the pandemic caused by the Omicron strain.

According to the updated report on the pandemic published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 94 cruise ships are under investigation as of Thursday.

Last Thursday, the CDC raised its travel advisory for cruise ships to the highest level. It urged to avoid these ships, even vaccinated people.

They asked travelers who have a higher risk of contracting severe diseases from COVID-19 to avoid traveling on cruise ships, including river ones, around the world, "regardless of vaccination status."

The 94 ships are under a CDC "yellow" alert because, in the last seven days, at least 0.10% of the passengers presented contagion of covid-19 or symptoms of the virus (for example, if 6,500 passengers on board, there are at least 7 of those cases).

This percentage includes passenger cases that occur within five days of disembarkation and are reported to the CDC by state or local health departments.

For its part, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), which represents 90% of companies with ocean cruises, called the CDC's decision to increase the alert level for cruise travel as "disconcerting."

He noted that the cases identified on cruise ships constitute "a tiny minority of the total population on board, much less than on land, and most of those cases are asymptomatic or mild, representing little or no burden on medical resources. Onboard or land".

"No environment can be immune to this virus," CLIA said in a statement.

He added that cruise ships provide "one of the highest levels of demonstrated mitigation against the virus."

According to the CDC, the virus "spreads easily between people in confined spaces onboard ships, and the chance of contracting COVID-19 on cruise ships is very high, even if you are fully vaccinated and have received a dose of booster vaccine".

Shipping companies such as Norwegian have been forced to cancel their itineraries due to the rebound in the pandemic due to the highly contagious omicron variant.

On Wednesday, the Miami-based company announced the cancellation and modification of almost a dozen itineraries scheduled until next April.