Seven test positive for COVID-19 on first Caribbean cruise since March

Seven people have now tested positive for the coronavirus aboard the first cruise ship to venture into the Caribbean since the beginning of the pandemic in March.

The SeaDream 1 ended its cruise early after multiple passengers tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, according to USA Today.

The outbreak occurred despite strict precautions taken before the cruise. Passengers were required to have two negative COVID-19 tests before boarding the ship and had their temperatures checked daily, according to the cruise line’s officials, who also said the ship was sanitized daily.

“Now 7 cases onboard as the other half of a couple who tested positive yesterday has also tested positive,” tweeted a couple who are on the ship, and chronicle cruises on YouTube. “Everyone else has tested negative. Apparently all negative passengers will all be free to leave the ship and travel and fly home tomorrow [Saturday].”

The ship, which was carrying 66 crew and 53 passengers, left Barbados last week, but was forced to return there on Wednesday when one passenger became ill with the virus.

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