‘Keeping people on board will be a death sentence!’ Relatives of passengers on coronavirus-hit Grand Princess cruise stranded off San Francisco plead for it to be evacuated – as one traveler is airlifted off due to medical emergency

Saturday, March 7, 2020
By Paul Martin

The Grand Princess cruise ship will not dock in San Francisco after 21 people on board tested positive for the coronavirus
Relatives of the 3,500 people on board say that the decision not to let their loved ones off the ship ‘is a death sentence’
The panic-stricken daughter of one 90-year-old passenger said her father has run out of medication
She is worried that if he contracts coronavirus he will not survive the infection
Only 46 out of the 3,500 people on board the Grand Princess have been tested so far
The ship was already determined as a breeding ground for the virus after ten cases were linked with a previous trip, including one death
Two more deaths were announced in Florida Friday, taking US total to 17

7 March 2020

Relatives of the 3,500 passengers stranded on board a coronavirus-hit cruise ship off the coast of California are pleading for their loved ones to be evacuated before they become seriously ill.

At least 21 people on the Grand Princess have contracted Covid-19 – just under half the number of those tested. California’s Governor, Gavin Newsom, is now refusing to allow the vessel to dock in San Francisco.

On Saturday, the daughter of one 90-year-old passenger said her father’s health is rapidly deteriorating as he remains stuck on the cruise liner.

‘Keeping people on the ship is going to be a death sentence for many of the elderly passengers,’ panic-stricken Lisa Egan told The Telegraph.

‘He has to take several medications daily, and he’s going to run out today [Saturday]. I’m sure that’s true for many passengers’.

John Miller, who is on board the Grand Princess, told ABC7 Saturday that news the Grand Princess was prohibited from docking in San Francisco was ‘the worst possible’ thing he could have heard.

Overnight, the caption of the ship announced the Coast Guard was arriving to airlift a passenger who required ‘medical assistance’ to the mainland.

A helicopter arrived shortly after, with the unidentified person flown to San Francisco for treatment, according to CNN. It’s unclear whether the person was one of the 21 who tested positive for coronavirus.

The Grand Princess moved closer to land overnight, and is now floating around 20 miles off the coast of San Francisco – but there are still no details as to where or when the ship will port.

An epidemiologist who studies the spread of virus particles says keeping passengers contained on the vessel will amplify the rate of infection.

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