1,000 passengers stuck on cruise ship after 21 crew test positive for Covid

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THREE cruise ships blocked from entering ports due to Covid outbreaks
THREE cruise ships blocked from entering ports due to Covid outbreaks. image: wikipedia

1,000 passengers stuck on a cruise ship for Xmas Day after 21 crew members test positive for Covid

It looks like more than 1,000 passengers will end up spending their Christmas Day stuck on board the Holland America Line cruise ship, MS Koningsdam. This comes after port authorities in Jalisco, western Mexico, refused to allow anybody to disembark after 21 of the 873 crew members produced positive Covid results.

A dream Christmas cruise out of San Diego last Sunday 19, has now turned sour for this ship full of Americans. The trip had scheduled ports of call in the Mexican resorts of Los Cabos, and Mazatlan, and then arrived in Puerto Vallarta at around 8am last Thursday, December 23.

Mexican news outlet Milenio had originally reported that the state health department of Jalisco was considering allowing the 1,035 passengers off the ship as long as they could show a negative Covid result. This idea quickly met with a change of mind, after officials decided the possible risk of the outbreak spreading was not worth it.

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In a statement, the health department explained, “This option was discarded because the health protocols indicate that no one could disembark when positive cases were registered on the boat, so the decision was finally made not to disembark”.

Paulette Laussane York, one of the passengers, posted images taken from the ship on Facebook, accompanied by, “Puerto Vallarta from our veranda. Mexican authorities won’t let anyone off our cruise ship, Koningsdam. Some crew members (fully vaccinated) tested positive for Covid. Ship is headed back out to sea”.

Last Saturday 18, after one passenger submitted a positive test, all the others were required to take a Covid test. It is unknown how many tested positive. It is now believed that the MS Koningsdam will depart this coming Sunday 26 for San Diego, as reported by dailymail.co.uk.


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Chris was born in a small village in Wales, where he ran his own successful construction company for many years, before deciding in 1990, to swap the grey skies and rain for the sunshine and lifestyle of the Costa del Sol. Late last year he made the move to Southern Portugal, and is now residing on the Algarve. Having sung and played in a rock band back in Wales, he still likes to go out and entertain in his spare time, singing in restaurants and golf clubs. Interests are of course music, especially from the 60s and 70s, movies, nice restaurants, and he has a passion for graphic design and online marketing.

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  1. and what is the point of this vaccination?
    You can still give up the virus
    You can still get sick
    one can still get very sick
    one can still die and
    additional one can get sick / die because OF the vaccination
    NEVER have there been any proof that the “vaccination” prevented a serious illness / death (otherwise you would need a glass ball)

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