Two cruise ships whose passengers have been diagnosed with coronavirus and passengers who have passed away, have been able to dock at a Florida port after nearly three weeks at sea.
The Coast Guard, Homeland Security, state and federal health officials and Broward County reached the decision.
The Zaandam and Rotterdam cruise ships have been given the permission after several of their passengers have fallen ill, died, or are showing signs of the virus. Two of the passengers onboard the Zaandam died before they were moved to the Rotterdam.
Fort Lauderdale mayor, Dean Trantalis, outlined the plan for the docking:
“The vast majority of passengers are not ill and have no symptoms. They will be placed on private chartered buses, taken directly to the airport tarmac and board chartered flights out of our community,” he said. “A small number of critically ill passengers will go to local hospitals. Others who are mildly ill or have symptoms will be quarantined at sea on the ships until they recover.”
This is sure to be somewhat of a relief for many passengers after spending so much time out at sea. Just getting back on land will hopefully give them some peace.
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