Stuck on Coronavirus Ship: 'I'm Not Going Home Anytime Soon'

Meanwhile, more deaths around the world, including 2 in Florida and an Iranian lawmaker
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2020 8:15 AM CST

(Newser) – A cruise ship is languishing off the coast of California after 21 people on board were found to have contracted the coronavirus, Vice President Mike Pence announced Friday, per the New York Times. Two of those affected on the Grand Princess were passengers, the other 19 were crew members, per Pence, who says the ship will be brought into a noncommercial port over the weekend, where "we will be testing everyone on the ship" and "quarantining as necessary." The Los Angeles Times notes that passengers were infuriated to hear about the coronavirus cases on the ship not from their captain, but from the Pence presser. The captain says staff wasn't given advance notice of Pence's announcement, and that the ship's medical workers were now coordinating with the CDC on how to inform individuals on their status. "I'm not going home anytime soon," lamented one person on the ship. More on the coronavirus from around the world:

  • Sickness on the Nile: A dozen crew members on a cruise ship along the Nile River in Egypt have been diagnosed as having the coronavirus, and the ship with more than 150 tourists (including Americans) and crew is now in quarantine in Luxor. Egyptian health authorities say the affected crew have not yet shown symptoms, the AP reports.

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