70 cruise ships are still sailing around the world with over 4,000 Canadians on them
Despite Canada warning citizens to remain firmly on land, there are still 70 cruise ships with over 4,000 Canadians cruising around international waters right now.
On Friday, Adam Austen, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, revealed the numbers. He added that the federal government is keeping close tabs on the cruise ships.
For many Canadians, cruise lines have proved to be the vacation from hell throughout the coronavirus outbreak.
In January, 256 Canadians spent two weeks quarantined on the Diamond Princess off the coast of Japan following a COVID-19 outbreak on the ship. At least 47 Canadians tested positive for the virus, and — tragically — one Canadian died in Japan as a result of it.
Deeply saddened to learn of the death of a Canadian in Japan from complications related to #COVID19. Our deepest condolences to the family, to whom we are providing consular assistance during this difficult time.— François-Philippe Champagne (FPC) 🇨🇦 (@FP_Champagne) March 20, 2020
In early March, 237 Canadians were stranded aboard the Grand Princess off the coast of California. Passengers were quarantined to their individual cabins for two weeks to limit the spread of the virus.
Princess Cruises temporarily shut down operations on March 12 following the two incidents onboard its ships.
Princess Cruises suspends cruises for 60 days due to coronavirus https://t.co/BwNbnrXBvz #Canada #PrincessCruises #Coronavirus #COVID19 #COVID2019— Freshdaily (@freshdaily) March 12, 2020
On March 13, Canada banned all cruise ships from docking at Canadian ports until July 1 — a move that makes it difficult for Canadians to return to shore.
Currently, there are at least 70 Canadians trying to make their way home from Atlanta after flying there from the Costa Luminosa cruise ship docked in France.
There are also more than 300 Canadians still stuck on board the Norwegian Jewel, which has been forbidden to dock in both Europe and Hawaii so far.
Princess Cruises is now offering governments and health authorities their ships to use as temporary care facilities.
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