The USA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday that they are have extended their ban on cruising in U.S waters through to 30 September 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic.
The previous ban had been set to expire on 24 July 2020.
In extending the ban, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said that data collected by the agency shows at least 2,973 Covid-19 infections or Covid-like illnesses as well as 34 deaths came from cruise ships since the CDC started tracking the data earlier this year.
“These data have also revealed a total of 99 outbreaks on 123 different cruise ships, meaning that 80% of ships within U.S. jurisdiction were affected by COVID-19 during this time frame,” edfield wrote in the letter. “In addition, 9 ships still have ongoing or resolving COVID-19 outbreaks on board.”
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