The US tests nearly 3,500 people aboard the Grand Princess

The Grand Princess cruise ship crosses the Golden Gate Bridge on its way to San Francisco from Hawaii. Photo: AP.
The Grand Princess cruise ship crosses the Golden Gate Bridge on its way to San Francisco from Hawaii. Photo: AP.

US health officials tested nearly 3,500 passengers and sailors on the Grand Princess yacht after a former boat man died of Coronavirus.

The passenger ship that was the first passenger to die because Covid-19 in the United States was sailing off San Francisco out of fear of carrying the deadly virus.

According to AFP, all 2,383 passengers on the Grand Princess are being asked to stay in their cabins for testing. Medical personnel were taken by helicopter to the ship to test all passengers and 1,100 sailors.

The move comes after three passengers who had been positive on corona virus in which a 71-year-old man died on March 4. He was also the first American death in a suburb of Seattle, Washington state. He went on a trip from San Francisco to Mexico and returned last month.

As of 653, Washington State has 53 cases in many areas. The United States has 12 people died from the deadly virus, according to Guardian. The Governor of California declared a state of emergency after this incident.

After the ship landed in San Francisco, California on February 21, thousands of passengers disembarked and spread everywhere. The ship then went to Hawaii.

After disembarking in Hawaii, 11 passengers and 10 crew members had flu-like symptoms, Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, said at a press conference.

According to a San Francisco public health official, another crew member who served during the Mexican trip was denied ashore in Hawaii because of the symptoms of the flu.

The ship was scheduled to dock in San Francisco on the evening of March 4, but officials have ordered it not to be returned while US Coast Guard and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) coordinate. validated testers.

Their plan was to leave the ship in international waters off California, while a helicopter flew to take a sample of the disease and take it back to the lab for testing.

In addition to 21 people with flu-like symptoms, officials also plan to test 62 passengers traveling to Mexico and remain on board to continue their journey to Hawaii, as well as some crew members. They are recommended to stay in the cabin room and wait for medical staff orders.

According to an estimate, more than 50% of passengers leaving cruise ships on February 21 are Californians, excluding crew. In total, California and the CDC are trying to track about 2,500 people across the state who have left the ship and can carry germs.

This is one of the reasons Governor Newsom declared a state of emergency in California on March 4.

It is not clear whether Grand Princess passengers will have to carry out 14-day quarantine such as the Diamond Princess cruise ship.