COVID outbreak on the Carnival cruise: 27 people on the ship are positive

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Twenty-seven people aboard a Carnival cruise tested positive for COVID-19 just before the ship called in Belize City this week, according to the Belize Tourism Board.

The positive cases involved 26 crew members and one passenger of the Carnival Vista, which carries more than 1,400 crew members and nearly 3,000 passengers, the board said in a statement. The ship arrived in Belize City on Wednesday.

All 27 were vaccinated, had mild or no symptoms and were in isolation, the statement said. The tourist office said 99.98% of the ship’s crew were vaccinated, along with 96.5% of its passengers.

The Washington Post reported that Carnival announced last week that there were positive cases on board, but the cruise line did not give specific numbers. The ship departed from Galveston, Texas, according to the Post.

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Carnival requires passengers to be vaccinated, although there are exceptions for children and people with medical conditions. The cruise line said in a statement on Aug.4 that passengers must wear a mask in certain interior areas and provide a negative COVID test within three days of boarding for cruises beginning Aug. 14.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on their website that they had investigated the Carnival Vista and that the ship remained under observation.

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