COVID-19 outbreak on cruise ship docked in Barbados

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The COVID-19 outbreak confirmed on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas docked in Barbados is no threat to the island and is being fully handled by cruise and local authorities.

Minister of Tourism and International Transport Senator Lisa Cummins confirmed the development while speaking on the state-owned Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation(CBC).

Some 48 passengers onboard the vessel have tested positive for the viral illness.

Cummins said: “You have a full medical hospital on board the ship, you have ICU capacity, you have ventilator capacity and so the ship is perfectly capable … especially since most persons are not terribly ill, since most persons are vaccinated, to deal with cases on board the ship.”

This is Royal Caribbean’s third cruise ship to face a COVID-19 outbreak over the last few weeks.

Last Wednesday, Odyssey of the Seas was barred from entering Curacao and Aruba after 51 positive cases were discovered onboard.

Days earlier, Royal Caribbean said that at least 48 passengers and staff on its Symphony of the Seas ship had tested positive.

Royal Caribbean said it has implemented strong protocols to protect its passengers.

According to the company, all travelers aged 12 and above must be fully vaccinated and test negative before departure.

Crew members are also required to be fully vaccinated and must test “at least once a week.”

In response to the Omicron variant, passengers have been asked

to wear a mask unless they are eating or drinking, in an empty open-aired section aboard the cruise ship, or in their stateroom. — Barbados TODAY

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Passengers are vaccinated and this the third such outbreak with this company yet the fool Prime Monster of Antigua still saying without the vaccine you can’t enter your country of birth
    I don’t understand why this hasn’t been challenged as yet but, that’s Antigua for you just down and play dead to most things.. The evidence points otherwise so it must be a reason other than which does not hold up.
    All around vaccinated and unvaccinated are spreading Covid . Big pharma is saying the only difference is in recovery supposedly .

    • IS IT ANTIGUA ALONE, IM SURE FOR YOU TO GET INTO SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES YOU MUST BE VACCINATED, THIS HAPPEN LONG TIME BEFORE COVID, YOU GUYS FORGET WE HAVE INTERNET SO WE SEE WHATS HAPPENING AROUND THE WORLD!!!!

  2. IS IT ANTIGUA ALONE, IM SURE FOR YOU TO GET INTO SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES YOU MUST BE VACCINATED, THIS HAPPEN LONG TIME BEFORE COVID, YOU GUYS FORGET WE HAVE INTERNET SO WE SEE WHATS HAPPENING AROUND THE WORLD!!!!

    • @ Antiguan I have no idea what your point is. You so claim to have internet so educate excuse me re-educate yourself on this issue.
      Seems like you’re another one that took and bark at anything that doesn’t resemble a vaccine.
      Lol sometimes I wonder if these vaccines affect you’ll brains because when taken most you act cult like and loose all logic.
      Here in the U.S.not even Biden would say he wouldn’t allow citizens in if they’re not vaccinated because he knows the volcano that would open.

  3. Many Antiguans want to come home but can’t because they have exercised their right to choose what they should allow in their bodies….However, infected tourists have license to enter…smh! This can’t be constitutionally right! Antiguans who have the obligation to be home to fulfil important duties have been barred. How will scholarship students who are bonded return home to serve if they are being kept out because they choose to be unvaxxed?? Where are the constitutional lawyers? Where is ABCRE?

  4. Interestingly you can’t go back to North America without being vaccinated. These FB doctors are incredibly ignorant.

    • @ Colombo your name is truly a relic of the past and as such your thoughts also.
      THE MISINFORMATION CONTINUES .
      That is not totally accurate.
      You are assuming that everyone that you’re spewing your nonesense to has a visa.
      SURPRISE !! ANR is an online forum not just read in Antigua even when I’m more than half way around the world I would comment.
      ANYONE WITH A GREEN CARD OR U.S. CITIZENSHIP IS EXEMPT FROM AND DO NOT HAVE TO BE VACCINATED TO RETURN/ENTER THE U.S. ALL OTHERS ARE NOT.
      GET YOUR SHIT RIGHT .
      STOP LISTENING TO RADIO GASTON!
      There are Antiguans with one or the other.

  5. A fearful foolish man is as brainless as a statue that bird mess on and it have no option but to take everything that comes its way so are some people that are vaccinated operate these days

  6. hmmm so the vaccinated keep spreading and infecting ppl with the virus even despite all your stupid mandates.only the vaccinated can travel,only the vaccinated can keep a job, dine,go to the gym,movies, casinos,bars, sports and entertainment centers yet the infections are quickly doubling. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
    Antigua on its 3rd shot, Israel on the 4th/booster… Dont you all think too much jabs might actually harm the body’s ability to fight covid? the vaccines dont fight the virus but rather our natural immune system doing that.
    The cure cannot be worse than the problem itself, your experimental drugs surely cannot be the only solution to this plandemic.

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