The vice president of the United States, Mike Pence, has confirmed on Saturday 21 cases of coronavirus aboard the cruise ship ‘Grand Princess’, which is located off the coast of California, after the more than 2,500 people on board were quarantined after the death of a passenger.
Pence has said that the cruise will dock this weekend in a «non-commercial port» and that all passengers and crew will be examined by the coronavirus. Of the 46 people who have undergone the coronavirus test, 21 have tested positive. Of these, 19 people are crew members and two are passengers.
«It is very likely that the crew has been exposed to two different departures,» said the vice president of the United States, to which he added that they have proof that the coronavirus manifested itself in «previous passengers,» as the newspaper has collected. USA Today ‘.
Pence has ensured that cruise crew members are likely to carry out quarantine on board. «We will test all the people on the cruise,» he said.
For his part, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, has argued that he has spoken with the governor of California, Gavin Newsom, about the situation. «We had a good conversation, we are working on the cruise together,» Trump said, adding that there are about 5,000 people on the cruise.
Trump has stressed that the United States has «very low» numbers of coronavirus cases compared to other countries in the world. «Our figures are lower than those of almost anyone,» he said.
The cruise, which was headed to Hawaii, has returned to the city of San Francisco after several passengers and crew members began experiencing symptoms of the new coronavirus. The deceased was 71 years old and died two weeks after returning to the country in the same boat and after traveling to Mexico. An estimated 60 people who traveled with him are now on the cruise.
Although the epicenter of the coronavirus is in Wuhan and most cases are registered in China, cases have been detected in other countries in Southeast Asia, Europe, America and the Middle East. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the international health emergency at the end of January and has asked the international community to redouble its efforts.