(Miami) On Coral Princess , a cruise ship with two dead and several coronavirus patients on board, docked in the port of Miami on Saturday after being rejected by another city in Florida and several Latin American countries.
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“We are deeply sad to announce that two passengers have died on board the Coral Princess , “said Princess Cruises, the company that owns the boat, in a statement.
The company announced earlier in the week that 12 positive cases of coronavirus had been diagnosed on the Coral Princess (seven passengers and five crew members).
The ship that counts 1020 passengers and 878 crew arrived Saturday in the port of Miami after having tried unsuccessfully to land in Fort Lauderdale, the city where two other cruise ships infected with the coronavirus, the Zaandam and the Rotterdam, had taken refuge on Thursday after long negotiations with the local authorities.
The disembarking of passengers from the Coral Princess will take several days due to the limited number of flights available, said Princess Cruises, noting that passengers who required urgent medical attention would be given priority.
The Coral Princess started its traveled on March 5 from Santiago de Chile and was to reach Buenos aires in Argentina on 19 March. The Argentine port denied him permission to dock, as did Uruguay and Brazil.
The companies Princess Cruises and Holland America, owner of the Zaandam and Rotterdam , are both part of the same group, the giant of Carnival cruises.