The latest development in the struggle against Coronavirus is the USA advising its citizens to not travel via cruise ships at all.
On Sunday, the US State Department warned that passengers on cruise ships are more susceptible to the disease.
WHAT THE DID THE OFFICIALS SAY ABOUT CORONAVIRUS?
“CDC recommends travellers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel worldwide,” CDC announced on its website. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the leading national public health institute of the United States.
They also advised citizens to avoid long-distance flights.
“To best protect these vulnerable individuals, we recommend that such individuals avoid situations that increase their risk of acquiring infections,” said the CDC. “This entails avoiding crowded places, avoiding non-essential travel such as long plane trips, and especially avoiding embarking on cruise ships.”
However, this statement received backlash from certain groups.
WHAT WAS THE BACKLASH AGAINST THE STATEMENT?
CDC’s warning received backlash from the Cruise Lines International Association.
According to them, restricting the travel industry can have a severe impact on national and local economies. Even more so when cruises are singled out.
The cruise industry is an integral part of the US economy. It supplies more than 400,00 jobs. Furthermore, it contributed more than $50 billion to America’s economy in 2018. It also is a lifeline for other businesses, such as travel agencies, airlines, hotels, et cetera.
The trade association said – “Any action to restrict cruising is unwarranted and at odds with the World Health Organisation which continues to advise against the application of travel or trade restrictions to countries experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks.”
After CLIA’s meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, a spokesperson from the association talked to Express.co.uk.
“We are staying focused on the development of an aggressive, responsive plan as agreed to during the meeting with Vice President Pence that goes beyond the already significantly enhanced protocols in place, which we believe are a model for others.”