U.S. CDC says avoid traveling on cruise ships as COVID-19 cases surge – Reuters

U.S. CDC says avoid traveling on cruise ships as COVID-19 cases surge – Reuters

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Dec 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said people should avoid traveling on cruise ships regardless of their vaccination status, as daily COVID-19 cases in the country climb to record highs due to the fast-spreading Omicron variant.

The move delivers another blow to an industry that just started returning to the seas in June after a months-long suspension of voyages caused by the pandemic.

The CDC raised its COVID-19 travel health notice level for cruise ships to four – its highest warning level – from three, citing reports of COVID-19 outbreaks on cruises.

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The health agency has investigated or started an investigation into COVID-19 cases on more than 90 ships.

“Even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants,” the CDC said on Thursday.

Shares in Carnival Corp (CCL.N), Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NCLH.N) and Royal Caribbean Group (RCL.N) reversed course after the news to fall between 1% and 2%.

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Source: https://www.reuters.com/legal/government/us-cdc-says-avoid-traveling-cruise-ships-covid-19-cases-surge-2021-12-30/

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