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Coronavirus: Two Costa cruise ships sail toward Miami looking to dock with sick crew





Two Costa Cruises ships, the Costa Magica and the Costa Favolosa, set sail toward Florida on Thursday with ill crew members on board.”Costa Cruises has two ships, both with crew members only, sailing toward Florida,” Roger Frizzell, spokesperson for Carnival Cruise Line, parent company for Costa Cruises, told USA TODAY in an email. “At this point, the ships do not have official clearance for entry into the port of Miami.”Frizzell said “some” crew members on board have flu-like symptoms, which are similar to that of coronavirus, which is sweeping the globe and has infected close to 500,000 people worldwide, according to data from Johns Hopkins. As of Thursday night there were around 30 people who had reported flu-like symptoms, Frizzell said. None of them had been tested. There are just over 1,000 crew members on board between the two ships, according to Frizzell.Though some reports claimed the ships were headed for PortMiami, Andria Muniz-Amador, spokesperson for PortMiami, told USA TODAY the ships were not scheduled to dock there. “The PortMiami Unified Command is addressing the ongoing situation,” Muniz Amador said. “At this time I can confirm Costa Magica and Favolosa are not scheduled to dock at PortMiami and currently offshore.”On Tuesday, the City of Miami issued a “shelter in place” order. Mayor Francis Suarez, who has tested positive for COVID-19 himself, announced the order in a tweet.”Effective today, all non-essential travel within the City will be prohibited to fight the spread of COVID-19. The sooner we take action, the sooner we can return to normalcy,” he wrote. As of Thursday morning, Florida had seen nearly 2,000 cases of COVID-19 resulting in the deaths of 23 people statewide.Costa Cruises extended its suspension on sailing until April 30On Monday, Costa Cruises extended its suspension on operations until April 30, while other lines suspended their operations until May 11.”Due to the protracted emergency situation for the global pandemic of COVID-19 and the further introduction of containment measures — such as port closures and restrictions on the movement of people — which do not actually allow us to operate, Costa Cruises has decided to extend the voluntary suspension of its cruises until April 30, 2020,” the Italian cruise line said in a statement provided by spokesperson Buck Banks.All Costa cruises that are still underway are continuing in the process of ending their voyages and disembarking passengers. Costa Cruises North America is working to let travel agents in North America and customers know that due to the changes, all will receive a future cruise credit voucher for 150% of the fare paidHolland America’s MS Zaandam hopes to dock in Florida MondayCosta Magica and Costa Favolosa are not the only ships seeking refuge in Florida. Holland America’s MS Zaandam, which has 77 ill people on board but doesn’t have coronavirus test , is hoping to dock in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Monday.All ports along the ship’s route are c

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  1. china would be the right place to let that ship dock at ! karma comes full cycle ! back at ya china !

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  2. cool content keep it up

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