Officials say 10 people on board the Norwegian Cruise Line ship approaching New Orleans tested positive for COVID-19.
Norwegian Breakaway will leave New Orleans on 28 November and will return this weekend, the Louisiana Health Department said in a news release on Saturday night.
Last week, the ship anchored in Belize, Honduras and Mexico.
Officials said more than 3,200 people were on board the ship.
According to the statement, the Norwegians “have adhered to appropriate quarantine and quarantine protocols as new cases and exposures have been identified on this vessel.”
Before disembarking in New Orleans, each person on board will be tested for coronavirus. Anyone with a positive test will either go home directly or self-quarantine at the accommodation provided by Cruiseline, officials said.
Authorities did not release information about the condition of people infected with the virus.
Cruise ships were an early source of the coronavirus pandemic last year. Some ships were rejected at the port and passengers were forced to quarantine. Some passengers died of COVID-19 at sea, while others became very ill and had to be taken out of the ship on stretchers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a ban on departure in March 2020, urging cruise ships to stop in June last year as they began to leave US ports due to new health and safety requirements.
According to the Norwegian website, the company requires all passengers and crew to be vaccinated against the virus at least two weeks before departure.
Occurrence of COVID on cruise ships off the coast of the United States
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