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Trump reveals plans to repatriate Britons trapped on COVID-19-infected ship

Trump reveals plans to repatriate Britons trapped on COVID-19-infected ship

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Donald Trump has revealed plans to allow British passengers trapped on a coronavirus-infected cruise ship where four people have died to return home.More than 200 UK nationals have been left stranded after an outbreak of COVID-19 on the Zaandam cruise ship, which has been refused permission to dock in the US. Four passengers have died on the cruise ship, including 75-year-old British man John Carter whose widow has been isolated and on her own since his death. Image: John Carter died on board the Zaandam cruise ship Mr Carter's family have since pleaded with the US president and Florida authorities to allow the ship to dock.In a White House briefing on Wednesday, Mr Trump confirmed plans to repatriate British passengers onboard the Za...
Whales face more fatal ship collisions as waters warm

Whales face more fatal ship collisions as waters warm

Technology
PORTLAND, Maine -- Climate change is imperiling the world's largest animals by increasing the likelihood of fatal collisions between whales and big ships that ply the same waters. Warming ocean temperatures are causing some species of whales in pursuit of food to stray more frequently into shipping lanes, scientists say. The phenomenon already has increased ship strikes involving rare North Atlantic right whales on the East Coast and giant blue whales on the West Coast, researchers say. The number of strikes off California increased threefold in 2018 — to at least 10 — compared to previous years. When whales are killed in a ship collision, they often sink and don't always wash ashore. So scientists and conservationists say fatal ship strikes are dramatically under-reported. Vessels strik
Stranded ship awaits Panama passage, faces doubts in Florida

Stranded ship awaits Panama passage, faces doubts in Florida

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More than 1,800 passengers and crew stranded off Panama are getting mixed signals about the chance for finally reaching port in FloridaByThe Associated PressMarch 29, 2020, 9:11 PM3 min read3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articlePANAMA CITY -- More than 1,800 passengers and crew — some infected with COVID-19 — stranded off Panama were receiving mixed signals on Sunday about the chance for finally reaching port in Florida. While Panamanian officials said they would let the two ships transit for Panama Canal, the cruise company said it had not been given permission and Fort Lauderdale's mayor said he didn't want it to dock near his city as planned, at least without extensive precautions. Panama's Health Ministry announced Saturday that it would allow the Zaandam, which

Cuba welcomes cruise ship with COVID-19, others seek ports

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A British cruise ship that was turned away from several Caribbean ports after passengers fell ill with novel coronavirus is scheduled to dock in Cuba Tuesday after the island agreed to help transfer those aboard to planes bound for the United KingdomByThe Associated PressMarch 16, 2020, 8:53 PM1 min readHAVANA -- A British cruise ship that was turned away from several Caribbean ports after passengers fell ill with novel coronavirus is scheduled to dock in Cuba Tuesday after the island agreed to help transfer those aboard to planes bound for the United Kingdom. The Cuban government said it had decided to allow the Braemar to dock in the port of Mariel, about 35 miles west of the capital, “due to the urgency of the situation and the risk to the lives of sick people." Fred. Olsen Cruises sa
2 passengers of coronavirus-infected ship die in Japan

2 passengers of coronavirus-infected ship die in Japan

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Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Two passengers of a quarantined cruise ship in Japan have died after contracting a deadly coronavirus that has infected more than 600 people on the vessel, Japanese government officials said. The 87-year-old man and 84-year-old woman, both Japanese nationals, died Thursday, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported. They are the second and third people to die from the disease in Japan, which has at least 60 confirmed cases of the virus. The man was removed from the ship to an onshore medical facility Feb. 11 after testing positive for the virus and the woman was transferred the day after, the officials said. The Diamond Princess, with 2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew, has been anchored in Yokohama Port since early this month after a former passenger was confirmed infected with C...