According to the Belize Tourism Board, twenty-seven persons on a Carnival cruise tested positive for COVID-19 right before the ship docked in Belize City this week.
According to the board, the positive cases involved 26 crew members and one passenger on the Carnival Vista, which carries over 1,400 crew members and over 3,000 passengers.
The ship arrived Wednesday in Belize City.
All 27 were vaccinated, had mild or no symptoms, and were in isolation, according to the statement. The tourism board said 99.98 per cent of the ship’s crew was vaccinated, as well as 96.5 per cent of its passengers.
The Washington Post reported Carnival said it announced last week that there were positive cases on board, but the cruise line did not not give specific numbers.
The ship left from Galveston, Texas, according to the Post.
Carnival is requiring passengers to be vaccinated, though there are exceptions for children and people with medical issues.
Passengers must wear a mask in specified indoor locations and provide a negative COVID test within three days of embarkation for voyages beginning Aug. 14, according to a statement released by the cruise line on Aug. 4.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on its website that the Carnival Vista has been investigated and that the ship is still being monitored.
Source _ The Associated Press