ATLANTA, GA – July 20, 2020 – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control, CDC, banned cruises in U.S. waters until October of 2020, at least, to control the spread of COVID-19. The CDC said that cruises could resume before October 1, 2020, if the COVID-19 pandemic is declared at an end, according to the Miami Herald. The CDC announced that the agency must extend the deadline for resuming cruises, originally set on July 24, 2020, because COVID-19 rapidly spread through cruise ships during the first weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, the COVID-19 infection rate on land in certain states, especially those which contain ports of call for many cruise lines, has spiked over recent weeks, further necessitating the delay on reopening cruises in the U.S.
Health authorities said that the spread of COVID-19 must be controlled by every means possible. The disease spreads internationally and from state to state through people moving from one place to another who carry the disease. The CDC also said that the cruise ship industry, as a whole, cannot control the spread of COVID-19. Moreover, CDC officials indicated that local and state health authorities have not been able to stop the spread of COVID-19 on land also figured into the decision to extend the deadline for resuming cruises in the U.S.
The world’s busiest cruise port of call is Port Miami. The Port of Miami is also home to the corporate headquarters for the world’s largest cruise ship companies. The state of Florida is also the epicenter of the country’s COVID-19 resurgence. The state’s Department of Health confirmed that 13,965 new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed within the last week, which is the second-largest single-day total since March.
An investigation into the spread of COVID-19 on cruise ships revealed that COVID-19 killed 95 passengers and crew members. Additionally, 72 individual cruise ships recorded at least one case of COVID-19, which is more than one-quarter of all cruise ships in operation.
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