The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday extended its no sail order for all cruise ships through the end of September, as the U.S. continues to battle rising numbers of coronavirus cases.
The CDC says it is extending the No Sail Order which was originally imposed in March after 99 outbreaks in USA waters which led to almost 3,000 infections and 34 deaths.
The move is not expected to dramatically change the timeline for the biggest cruise lines in returning to the seas, after the Cruise Lines International Association already said it would suspend voyages from us ports until September 15.
Thousands of crew members are still stuck at sea and the CDC says infections have continued to emerge during the shutdown, with concerns over health measures on board - meaning "further action" is needed before passenger travel can resume.
Federal health officials are extending the USA ban on cruise ships through the end of September as coronavirus infections rise in most U.S. states, including Florida.
From March 1 through July 10, there have been almost 3,000 cases of Covid-19 or similar illnesses and 34 deaths on cruise ships, according to the CDC.
The UK Foreign Office has made a U-turn on its cruise advise just days after advising against all cruise ship travel for all British nationals.
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"Even when only essential crew are on board, ongoing spread of COVID-19 still occurs", the CDC reports.
"The FCO's latest announcement is a "U-Turn" on the statement released last week, advising against travel on all types of cruises".
Cruisers don't really have a choice for now as cruise lines in the United Kingdom have suspended operations.
"The cruise industry would benefit from a more joined-up approach to this crisis". A Reuters tally reports more than 77,000 new confirmed cases in a single day in the U.S. on Thursday 16 July, breaking a previous record.
Global confirmed case counts now top 13.8 million, with more than 589,000 deaths.
Aside from the surge in COVID-19 cases, the outlet added that for the second day in a row, the USA saw its death toll rose to more than 900 in a single day.