Fifty-five people diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 infection on cruise ship Royal Caribbean International which sailed on Saturday from the US state of Florida.
People infected with the virus include passengers as well as crew members, although 95% of those on board have been vaccinated against COVID-19, the shipping company said.
The Odyssey of the Seas has 3,587 passengers and 1,599 crew members, according to USA Today.
The vessel was not allowed to land on the Caribbean islands of Curacao and Aruba in the Caribbean Sea, in theory the last of his eight-day tour. He will therefore remain at sea until his return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on December 26th.
According to the shipping company, the 55 people confirmed to be infected are all vaccinated against COVID-19 and are either asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.
This is the second outbreak of the virus on a Royal Caribbean ship in less than a week.
On Saturday, the Symphony of the Seas returned to the port of Miami with 48 people affected by SARS-CoV-2.
The new coronavirus pandemic had caused the suspension of this type of cruise for more than a year and plunged into unemployment virtually thousands of sailors and families living off the cruise.
They resumed in June after a series of measures were announced to prevent outbreaks, such as mandatory vaccinations for workers and passengers over the age of 12 boarding Royal Caribbean ships, for example.
But the Omicron variant, highly contagious, is a new challenge for the industry.
Source: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ, AFP