Thousands are held on Grand Princess cruise ship off California with 21 feared to have caught coronavirus after 71-year-old US passenger died of the disease following Mexico voyage

Thursday, March 5, 2020
By Paul Martin

The Grand Princess cruise ship has been banned from returning to San Francisco following a trip to Hawaii amid a suspected coronavirus outbreak onboard
Two passengers who traveled on the same ship on a previous voyage last month between San Francisco and Mexico later fell ill and tested positive for the coronavirus
The first was a 71-year-old man who died on Wednesday and became the state’s first coronavirus death, while the second remains in hospital and is ‘gravely ill’
Eleven passengers and 10 crew members who are currently on the same ship have now reported symptoms that could turn out to be the coronavirus
Sixty two passengers who were on the previous Mexican cruise where the two cases were detected remained on the ship for the Hawaii voyage as well and may have had contact with the two infected passengers
The predicament of the Grand Princess cruise liner was reminiscent of the Diamond Princess vessel that was quarantined off the coast of Japan in February
The death toll in the US now sits at 11 with more than 160 confirmed cases across the country
An increase in testing countrywide has seen a jump in confirmed cases in Washington state, California, New York and Tennessee with its first case in the last 24 hours
Two more cases were confirmed in New York City on Thursday, raising New York state’s total to 13
Those new cases are unrelated to the 50-year-old Manhattan attorney who infected at least nine, including his family and a friend’s family

By EMILY CRANE and CHRIS PLEASANCE
DAILYMAIL.COM
5 March 2020

A cruise ship that previously carried two passengers who contracted coronavirus, including one who died, is now being held 400 miles off the California coast after at least 20 people onboard fell ill.

Thousands of passengers are currently on the Grand Princess cruise ship that was banned on Wednesday from returning to its home port of San Francisco from a voyage to Hawaii amid the suspected coronavirus outbreak.

Two passengers who traveled on the same ship on a previous voyage last month between San Francisco and Mexico later fell ill and tested positive for the coronavirus.

The first was a 71-year-old man who died in Placer County, east of Sacramento, on Wednesday in California’s first fatality from the disease. The second, from the Bay Area, is currently in hospital and is said to be ‘gravely ill’.

Eleven passengers and 10 crew members who are currently on the same ship have now reported symptoms that could turn out to be the coronavirus, seasonal flu or the common cold.

Sixty two passengers who were on the previous Mexican cruise where the two cases were detected remained on the ship for the Hawaii voyage as well.

Health officials said those passengers had contact with the two coronavirus cases. It is not yet clear if the 21 people currently reporting symptoms are among the 62 who were on the Mexico leg of the trip and came in contact with the two infected passengers.

The US death toll from coronavirus has now risen to 11 with more than 160 confirmed cases across the country.

An increase in testing countrywide has seen a jump in confirmed cases in Washington state, California, New York and Tennessee with its first case in the last 24 hours.

Two more cases were confirmed in New York City on Thursday, raising New York state’s total to 13. The two new cases – a woman in her 80s and man in his 40s – are unrelated to the 50-year-old Manhattan attorney who infected at least nine, including his family and a friend’s family.

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