CDC's No-Sail Order For Cruise Ships To Continue

It looked like summer sailings for Britons had been written off before the FCO updated its advice

It looked like summer sailings for Britons had been written off before the FCO updated its advice Credit Balate Dorin

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that it was extending a no-sail order that had been scheduled to expire July 24.

The order continues to suspend passenger operations on cruise ships with the capacity to carry at least 250 passengers in waters subject to United States jurisdiction, reports Xinhua news agency.

According to CDC reports, between March 1 and July 10, data showed 2,973 cases of Covid-19 or "Covid-like" illnesses emerged on cruise ships, with 34 deaths.

According to the CDC, almost 3,000 cruise ship passengers contracted the virus earlier this year. According to U.S. Coast Guard data, as of July 10, 2020, there are 67 ships with 14,702 crew onboard.

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The order goes into effect through Wednesday, September 30.

Cruise companies have been voluntarily delaying resuming their operations as well, with the risk of coronavirus spread remaining especially high in contained spaces. The CDC said it supports CLIA's move but because not all operators belong to the trade group it wanted to be sure "that passenger operations on cruise ships do not resume prematurely". At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, cruise ships were hotbeds for the virus given passengers' close proximity to each other. In line with CLIA's announcement, CDC has extended its No Sail Order to September 30, to ensure that passenger operations on cruise ships do not resume prematurely.

However, things are now looking up, as the FCO has updated that advice saying it relates only to "international travel" on "sea-going cruise ships".

However, the CDC made a decision to stretch it as the country saw a staggering 60,000 new cases of the virus Wednesday - the biggest increase ever reported by a country in a single day, according to Telegraph.

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"The cruise industry would benefit from a more joined-up approach to this crisis".

Aside from the surge in COVID-19 cases, the outlet added that for the second day in a row, the USA saw its death toll rose to more than 900 in a single day.

The US has by far the largest outbreak in the world with more than 3.4million cases and 135,000 deaths.

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