Just as cruises resume after a pause of more than a year, the industry is facing an immediate setback.
Two passengers who shared a stateroom aboard the Celebrity Millennium operated by Royal Caribbean’s Celebrity Cruises off the Caribbean island of Saint Maarten tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday. The ship, billed as the first fully-vaccinated cruise in North America, has another day at sea on Friday before returning to St.
Susan Lomax, the company’s associate vice president for global public relations, said all guests will take an antigen test as part of their landing process.
In a statement, the cruise line said the passengers tested positive during the required test before leaving the ship. The passengers are asymptomatic and are in isolation under observation by a medical team. Testing and contact tracing is being done for close contacts.
The ship’s 650 crew members and 600 or so passengers (including a reporter for the New York Times) were required to be vaccinated prior to boarding, and had to show evidence of a negative coronavirus test taken within 72 hours prior to sailing from St Maarten last Saturday.
Two passengers on a Mediterranean cruise operated by MSC Cruises also tested positive. Communications manager Paige Rosenthal said both passengers at MSC Beach had tested positive during routine testing two days earlier. Soon after testing positive, two passengers, who were not traveling together, were isolated along with their parties. They all landed in Syracuse, Sicily.
All passengers on board the ship had to undergo two coronavirus tests before boarding; Vaccines were not required.
Major cruise lines are preparing to resume operations from US ports this summer. According to guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Celebrity Edge is set to depart Fort Lauderdale, Fla. for the first time on June 26, with all crew and at least 95 percent of passengers fully vaccinated is.
At the start of the pandemic in 2020, cruise ships were the site of some of these Largest concentration of coronavirus cases. The return of large gatherings such as cruises and conferences is a sign that the pandemic is ending in the United States, because of the steady pace of vaccination – 43 percent of Americans have been fully vaccinated, and 52 percent have received at least one dose. is of. A New York Times Database Gives confidence to some organizers to resume business.
This month, bitcoin 2021, A business conference dedicated to digital currency, sold 12,000 tickets and drew thousands to Miami for a week of panels, parties, networking and deal making. It was the first major business conference since the pandemic and the largest bitcoin conference ever.
in the days following the incident Several attendees made the announcement on Twitter that he had tested positive for coronavirus. Others shared stories of their peers who tested positive.
The event attracted bitcoin enthusiasts from around the world, including some countries that do not yet have easy access to vaccines. Most of the events took place inside a large, crowded warehouse and face coverings were rare. Vaccines were not required to be present.
John Riggins, head of operations at BTC Media, which ran the conference, said the company had not heard directly from any attendees who tested positive. He said the company is monitoring the situation and will follow the CDC’s recommendations.
“Vaccines have been freely available in the US for months, to the extent that anyone who wanted to be vaccinated could do so by the time of the incident,” Mr Riggins wrote in an email.
He said, “We provided all attendees with current recommendations from the CDC and the State of Florida and expressed to our audience that those who were at high risk or who were not vaccinated should consider waiting until next year.” needed.”
This week, Concrete World, the first major trade show in the United States since the pandemic began, Being Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event typically attracts over 60,000 industry professionals from around the world.