The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday it will extend its No Sail Order for cruise ships through september 30 amid "ongoing" outbreaks on some ships.
The CDC has had the No Sail Order in effect since March 14. The Cruise Line International Association, which represents the largest cruise lines in the world, announced last month that its members had agreed to suspend operations until September 15, as reported by CNBC.
If unrestricted cruise ship passenger operations were permitted to resume, it would increase the risk and impact of the COVID-19, says CDC.
The Director of CDC finds 'that cruise ship travel exacerbates the global spread of COVID-19 disease'.
Health experts warn that cruise ships can be ideal breeding grounds for the virus because of the large numbers of people living at close quarters, while many cruise passengers tend to be older and therefore more vulnerable to the disease.
The CDC's order reads in part, "The current scientific evidence suggests that cruise ships pose a greater risk of COVID-19 transmission than other settings".
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Cruisers don't really have a choice for now as cruise lines in the United Kingdom have suspended operations.
The Foreign Office has updated its cruise travel advice, clearing the way for Britons to embark on river cruises, and seemingly ocean cruise around the British Isles.
The Cruise Lines International Association made a decision on June 19 to voluntarily extend the suspension of operations for passenger cruise ship travel until September 15, 2020.
In addition, 9 ships still have ongoing or resolving COVID-19 outbreaks on board.
However, the CDC made a decision to stretch it as the country saw a staggering 60,000 new cases of the virus Wednesday - the biggest increase ever reported by a country in a single day, according to Telegraph. The country now has a reported 3,051,427 confirmed cases of the virus, including 132,256 deaths.
Florida's Department of Health on Thursday confirmed 13,965 new cases of Covid-19, the second-highest single-day total recorded in the state since the pandemic began in March.