The vice president of the United States, Mike Pence, said this Saturday in Florida that the government is looking for ways so that the tourism industry, especially the cruise industry, is not affected by the crisis of the new coronavirus and announced a new security protocol in these boats.
Passengers will be scanned at the entrance and exit of cruise ships, there will be on-board exams, and they will return all infected or sick people to non-commercial land to be treated according to the CDC’s protocol of action, Pence announced in a press conference that took place in Port Everglades, in Fort Lauderdale.
“Americans value the cruise industry as a great entertainment, and we want to ensure that people can continue to do so while facing the coronavirus,” he said.
Pence said that “the risk to the average American of contracting the coronavirus remains low,” but “it is essential to find ways to mitigate contagion.”
The new COVID-19 coronavirus continues its spread in the United States, where on Saturday there are already 19 deaths due to this disease and more than 370 cases, 21 of them on a cruise that stays at sea in front of the Bay of San Francisco (California) with at least 3,500 people on board.
“I am here today on behalf of President Trump to look for ways for this (cruise ship) industry to continue functioning,” the vice president added today to the disease situation.
At the press conference, with the presence in addition to the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, state senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio and the president of the International Cruise Association, Adam Goldstein, Pence explained that doctors can now prescribe tests to Any American
“We have currently prescribed a million tests and are expanding access to them,” he added.
The meeting took place in South Florida for being the first destination for American tourists, Pence said, and also for being an important cruise port.
“I want to promise you that under the Presidency of Donald Trump we will continue to offer the Government’s resources to stop the coronavirus and we hope to have the support of this industry for it,” he said.
The president of the International Cruise Association expressed concern about this “unprecedented situation,” but asked Americans to “not stop traveling.”
After the brief press conference, the vice president met behind closed doors with several leaders of the cruise companies.
Regarding the Grand Princess cruise, with more than 2,000 passengers on board, and located since Wednesday in front of San Francisco (California), Pence said that passengers will be taken shortly to a safe non-commercial port.
He also noted that all of them will be subjected to the coronavirus test and will enter quarantine.
A total of 21 people have tested positive for coronavirus tests performed at the Grand Princess, including 19 crew members and two passengers, Pence said Friday.
This morning, the cruise ship “Scarlet Lady”, from the Virgin Voyages company, landed in the port of Miami, according to the PortMiami YouTube channel.
No information has been provided on whether this ship carries passengers.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported today that the total number of coronavirus cases on the planet amounts to 98,192, of which 80,711 correspond to China and 17,481 to the rest of the world.