Thursday, 4 Jun 2020

Trump: Coronavirus-stricken cruise ships docked in Florida for ‘humanitarian reasons’

President Trump on Monday said two cruise ships with outbreaks of coronavirus aboard were allowed to dock in Florida for “humanitarian reasons” after failing to find safe harbor in other countries.

“For humanitarian reasons, the passengers from the two CoronaVirus stricken cruise ships have been given medical treatment and, when appropriate, allowed to disembark, under strict supervision,” the president wrote in a Tweet. “Very carefully done. People we’re [sic] dying & no other countries would allow them to dock!”

The Coral Princess, with two fatalities and several passengers infected with coronavirus, docked Saturday in Miami. The ship spent two weeks searching for a place to dock after it embarked on a South American cruise.

The cruise was expected to end March 19 in Buenos Aires, but the ship had trouble allowing passengers to disembark because of port closures and the number of airline flights canceled.

Two other ships, the Zandaam and Rotterdam, docked in Fort Lauderdale on Friday and unloaded their passengers.

Fourteen critically ill people were taken to hospitals.

The remaining passengers were allowed to board flights.

With Post wires

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