Three NZ crew members confirmed on board quarantined cruise ship in US

Discussions are ongoing with federal officials and the ship could be directed to a port other than San Francisco, Newsom said.

Hawaii officials on Friday said they have confirmed the state's first case of the new coronavirus in a man who had been on a cruise ship from California to Mexico that had other infected passengers.

The Grand Princess has been stranded off San Francisco since Wednesday - when it was supposed to dock - after it emerged that two people who had been on the ship during its previous voyage had contracted the virus.

Three of Canada's 54 confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 were among passengers who were aboard the same ship from February 11 to 21 during a cruise that began and ended in San Francisco.

"The ship will not come on shore until we appropriately assess the passengers", he said. "We set it up for that, and that veteran is being taken care of there", Wilkie said.

Worldwide, the virus has infected more than 100,000 people and killed over 3,400, the vast majority of them in China.

In Seattle, the epicentre of the nation's outbreak, there were school closures and orders to work from home.

As cases of the coronavirus surge in Italy, Iran, South Korea, the US and elsewhere, many scientists say it's plain that the world is in the grips of a pandemic, a serious global outbreak.

The influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a United States pro-Israel lobby group, said Friday that two people who attended its annual Washington conference - alongside dozens of lawmakers - had tested positive for coronavirus. One passenger who spoke on Thursday with Reuters, Kathy Reid, 67, a retiree from Granbury, Texas, said she and others felt like they were in "limbo". "My advice is to get people off and into a safer quarantine environment than a cruise ship", Milton said.

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The state is now waiting for confirmation on the positive test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). World Health Organization says that early reports suggest that illness severity is associated with age and co-morbid disease.

State and local officials acted to halt the cruise liner after learning people aboard had fallen ill and two passengers who traveled on the same vessel last month to Mexico later tested positive for coronavirus.

It is also understood that one of the senior crew members is Irish.

There was dismay among some that they heard the results of the tests from Vice President Pence on the news rather than direct from the ship's British captain, John Harry Smith.

Malaysia has turned away a cruise ship carrying around 2,000 passengers and crew from a port in northern Penang state, becoming the second country to bar the ship from docking after Thailand.

Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer speaks at a news conference on the novel COVID-19 coronavirus on Friday in Los Angeles. "We have crews constantly cleaning our ship", Smith was heard saying.

"We have to be better than just leaving all these people out at sea", Toni G. Atkins said in a statement.

"Spirits are as high as can be under these circumstances". "We know these cruise ships are essentially ... we've been calling them incubators, they are incredibly very healthy environments for the pathogens that we're talking about". "We are blessed to be healthy, comfortable and well-fed", she wrote.

Speaking at the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) campus in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday evening, he said: "I like the numbers being where they are".

Meanwhile, the question of what to do with the roughly 3,000 people still on the boat off the coast of San Francisco remains. Click the link to confirm your subscription and begin receiving our newsletters.

  • Sonia Alvarado