Several of Princess Cruises’ ships have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreaks. According to USA Today, the Diamond Princess had 11 deaths and more than 700 cases of the virus, and the Grand Princess had two deaths and about 103 cases.
Princess Cruises was among the first cruise lines to temporarily halt all sailings in order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. On March 12, the company announced a 60-day, worldwide pause on its trips.
“By taking this bold action of voluntarily pausing the operations of our ships, it is our intention to reassure our loyal guests, team members and global stakeholders of our commitment to the health, safety and well-being of all who sail with us, as well as those who do business with us, and the countries and communities we visit around the world,” said Princess Cruises president Jan Swartz at the time in a statement.
According to data compiled by The New York Times, there have been at least 300,617 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 8,100 deaths, as of April 4. Worldwide, the Times reports over 1.1 million cases of the virus and 62,000 deaths.
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