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Coronavirus: British cruise ship obtains permission to moor in Cuba

The British cruise ship MS Braemar remains docked at the port of Mariel, Cuba, March 18, above and below

A British cruise ship that has been stranded for more than a week in the Caribbean after several cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed on board is expected to dock in Cuba today to allow tired passengers to disembark and return home.

Passengers, mostly British, stranded on the ship hit by COVID 19 will then be repatriated by plane.

British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab expressed his gratitude Tuesday at the Communist-led parliament in Cuba for offering refuge to the Braemar, which has more than 1,000 mainly British passengers and crew on board, after several ports of the Caribbean refused to let him dock.

The new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has plunged the cruise industry into chaos as global tightening of entry requirements has left many vessels stranded or quarantined. Cruise lines have suspended future trips in recent days.

The British cruise ship MS Braemar remains docked at the port of Mariel, Cuba, March 18, above and below

Braemar to dock in Cuba today to allow tired passengers to disembark and return home

Braemar to dock in Cuba today to allow tired passengers to disembark and return home

The cruise ship Braemar is docked at the port of Mariel, Cuba on Tuesday March 18. Weeks after the ship was prevented from disembarking in several Caribbean ports due to fear of passengers with possible COVID-19 symptoms, Cuban authorities will assist more than 600 passengers stranded on the ship to disembark to be evacuated to their country of origin

The cruise ship Braemar is docked at the port of Mariel, Cuba on Tuesday March 18. Weeks after the ship was prevented from disembarking in several Caribbean ports due to fear of passengers with possible COVID-19 symptoms, Cuban authorities will assist more than 600 passengers stranded on the ship to disembark to be evacuated to their country of origin

“The prevention and containment of new coronaviruses requires the efforts of the entire international community,” said Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodriguez. “Let’s strengthen health care, solidarity and international cooperation.”

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, which operates the Braemar, said it would dock at the port of Mariel, just west of Havana, early Wednesday.

Passengers would return to Britain from the capital’s international airport in the evening on four charter flights, he said, including one for passengers with positive coronavirus diagnoses or flu-like symptoms. .

Anyone who is not considered to be fit enough to fly will be offered support and medical care in Cuba.

The cruise ship Braemar is seen moored at the port of Mariel, Cuba, Tuesday March 18

The cruise ship Braemar is seen moored at the port of Mariel, Cuba, Tuesday March 18

The cruise ship Braemar is docked at the port of Mariel, Cuba, Tuesday, March 18, above and below. The British cruise ship MS Braemar, which has been turned back from various Caribbean ports after several passengers have been confirmed to have the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

The cruise ship Braemar is docked at the port of Mariel, Cuba, Tuesday, March 18, above and below. The British cruise ship MS Braemar, which has been turned back from various Caribbean ports after several passengers have been confirmed to have the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Passengers would return to Britain from the capital's international airport in the evening on four charter flights, he said, including one for passengers who had been diagnosed with coronavirus or had pseudo-symptoms. influenza.

Passengers would return to Britain from the capital’s international airport in the evening on four charter flights, he said, including one for passengers who had been diagnosed with coronavirus or had pseudo-symptoms. influenza.

Coronavirus: British cruise ship obtains permission to moor in Cuba

There are 28 lone passengers on the Braemar who have shown flu-like symptoms, said Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. This includes two people who tested positive for the new coronavirus at its last port of call, Willemstad, Curacao, on March 10.

Since then, the ship has been berthed in Barbados and the Bahamas, which are both part of the British Commonwealth – an irony that has not escaped the notice of some passengers.

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“ We must all remember what #Cuba did for us, intervening when none of the British Commonwealth countries and regional protectorates offered help, ” a passenger on the Braemar tweeted. , Steve Dale.

The coronavirus has been slower to reach and spread in the Caribbean than in much of the rest of the world.

There are 28 lone passengers on the Braemar who have shown flu-like symptoms, said Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. This includes two people who tested positive for the new coronavirus at its last port call, Willemstad, Curaçao, on March 10.

There are 28 lone passengers on the Braemar who have shown flu-like symptoms, said Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. This includes two people who tested positive for the new coronavirus at its last port call, Willemstad, Curaçao, on March 10.

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, which operates the Braemar, said it would dock at the port of Mariel, just west of Havana, early Wednesday

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, which operates the Braemar, said it would dock at the port of Mariel, just west of Havana, early Wednesday

The Cuban government has so far confirmed seven cases in the country, after reporting its premieres last week.

Authorities screen travelers at airports and have stepped up the production of face masks while banning major cultural events. Family doctors are making more home visits to monitor local communities.

However, the government has not canceled flights from the countries most affected by the pandemic, restricted internal movements or prohibited social gatherings, unlike other countries in the region, causing concern among some Cubans, just like the arrival of the Braemar.

“ There were only a few cases … but now we’re filling more, ” said Pablo Cruz Estrada, 28, while polishing a 1948 Dodge in a car wash in Havana, known for its vintage American cars. “Who would have such an idea?”

However, the government has not canceled flights from the countries most affected by the pandemic, restricted internal movements or prohibited social gatherings, unlike other countries in the region, causing concern among some Cubans, just like the arrival of the Braemar.

However, the government has not canceled flights from the countries most affected by the pandemic, restricted internal movements or prohibited social gatherings, unlike other countries in the region, causing concern among some Cubans, just like the arrival of the Braemar.

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