Authorities within the US state of California are making ready to disembark passengers aboard a virus-hit cruise liner held off San Francisco.
Nineteen crew members and two passengers on the Grand Princess have examined constructive for Covid-19.
The vessel, which is carrying about three,500 folks from 54 nations, is because of dock in Oakland on Monday after 5 days caught offshore.
The US has reported greater than 560 coronavirus circumstances and 24 deaths.
Instances of the virus have been recorded in 34 states plus Washington DC.
The variety of infections worldwide is greater than 109,000, with about three,800 deaths.
Italy now has the very best variety of confirmed infections outdoors China, the place the outbreak originated in December. It has confirmed 7,375 circumstances and overtaken South Korea, the place the whole quantity is 7,313.
Some 16 million folks – 1 / 4 of Italy’s inhabitants – are underneath strict quarantine measures.
The Grand Princess cruise ship got here to the eye of authorities when a earlier voyager on the vessel died final week after being suffering from the coronavirus.
The 71-year-old, who had an underlying well being situation, had been on a spherical journey from San Francisco to Mexico in February.
The operation to maneuver passengers from the Grand Princess might be a “two-three day course of”, Governor Gavin Newsom advised a information convention on Sunday.
Passengers requiring pressing medical care will first be taken to hospital. Then US residents not needing remedy might be moved to army bases in California, Texas and Georgia for a 14-day isolation interval.
A number of hundred overseas passengers, together with 140 Britons, might be repatriated to their dwelling nations. The UK Overseas Workplace stated it was “working intensively” with US authorities on arranging a flight for British nationals.
The crew members will stay quarantined on board the ship, which is able to depart from Oakland as quickly because the passengers have disembarked, officers stated.
“Nobody might be quarantined in Oakland, or launched to our group,” Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf advised a information convention.
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The ship is operated by Princess Cruises, which additionally owns the Diamond Princess, which was positioned into quarantine in Japan final month.
A number of different Princess Cruises have been blocked, with the Regal Princess held off the coast of Florida till coronavirus testing is accomplished.
One other cruise ship, the Costa Fortuna, with round 2,000 aboard, was turned away by Malaysia and Thailand, an official stated.