The daughter of a passenger on the Coral Princess cruise ship, who docked this Saturday in the Port of Miami with COVID-19 patients, announced this Sunday that her father had died in a Miami hospital to which he was transferred after being evacuated from the ship in the one that had already killed two other people.
Julie Maa reported today about her father’s death and made a desperate call via Twitter to Miami Mayor Francis Suárez to evacuate her mother, who is also ill, which she accomplished after “six” hours of asking help on social networks.
“Dad passed away last night (…) Now my mother Toyling Maa is waiting for her ambulance (…) Please, I can’t go through this again. #CoralPrincess,” Maa wrote on her Twitter account.
During the trip, the Coral Princess, from the shipping company Princess, reported at least 12 people infected with COVID-19.
This 1,898-person ship docked Saturday morning in the South Florida port.
Princess’ ship, with 1,020 passengers and 878 crew members, reported that it would disembark those requiring medical attention first.
While passengers who are asymptomatic were to be evacuated as of today Sunday to be taken directly to Miami International Airport.
The company explained that they expect the process to last several days due to the limited availability of flights.
He stressed that those with any respiratory symptoms, or who are still recovering from illness, will remain on board until the ship’s doctors authorize it.
Coral Princess left last March 5 from San Antonio (Santiago de Chile) for a trip through South America that was scheduled to end in Buenos Aires (Argentina) on March 19. In response to the global spread of COVID-19, the Princess shipping company announced a two-month voluntary hiatus from operations on March 12.
Four other passengers died on the Holland America Lines (HAL) cruise ship Zaandam, which together with Rotterdam docked on Thursday in Port Everglades, Florida, and have landed most of its passengers.
Both ships were able to dock in South Florida after a controversy with local and state authorities, who initially rejected the landing due to the COVID-19 crisis facing Florida, mainly in the southern state, where the ports of Miami and Everglades.
At least 218 people have died from COVID-19 in Florida, a state that has been under confinement since this Friday and where about 12,000 people are infected.