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Cruise Ship Held Off California After Coronavirus Death

State's first fatality was former Grand Princess passenger
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2020 8:55 AM CST

(Newser) – A cruise ship with more than 2,500 passengers on board is being held off the coast of California after the state's first confirmed death in the coronavirus outbreak. Authorities say the 71-year-old man, who had underlying health issues, is one of three people who were on a round trip cruise on the Grand Princess from San Francisco to Mexico last month that have now tested positive for the virus the Guardian reports. After the man, who lived in Placer County, and thousands of other passengers disembarked on Feb. 21, the vessel began a round trip to Hawaii. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who declared a statewide emergency Wednesday, says 10 crew members and 11 passengers have now reported flu-like symptoms.

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