CDC Extends Ban On Cruises From U.S. Ports

CDC Extends Ban On Cruises From U.S. Ports

October 1,2020 — KPBS.org

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has extended a ban on cruises from U.S. ports. The new “no sail” order, issued late Wednesday, expires Oct. 31. The CDC suspended cruises from U.S. ports in March after there were coronavirus outbreaks on a number of ships, with at least 41 deaths. In this extension, the federal agency says: “Recent outbreaks on cruise ships overseas provide current evidence that cruise ship travel continues to transmit and amplify the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.” The CDC says the outbreaks have occurred, despite health and safety protocols adopted by the cruise lines. And the agency says the need for additional testing, isolation and contact tracing “significantly burdened public health authorities.”

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