The U.S. State Department issued a warning Sunday urging U.S. citizens to “especially travelers with potential health conditions” not to travel by cruise ship because of concerns about the risk of new coronavirus infection,media outlet The Verge reported. The warning comes as 21 people have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus on the Cruise Ship Supreme Princess near San Francisco, California, the New York Times reported.
In its warning, the U.S. State Department said many countries already have strict screening protocols in place to deny entry to ships and prevent passengers from disembarking, all in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 caused by coronavirus.
“While the U.S. government has evacuated some cruise ship passengers in recent weeks, repatriation should not be an option for U.S. citizens in the event of possible isolation by local authorities,” the agency said. “
The Cruise Ship Supreme Princess will dock in Oakland Harbor, California, on Monday, Bloomberg reported. Trump administration officials have said travelers will be sent to military bases for isolation, and confirmed patients will receive medical care at regional hospitals.
U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday that he wants passengers to stay on board. “I can’t double the number of infections because of a boat, it’s not our fault,” Trump told reporters at a news conference at the center scare headquarters in Atlanta. “