Brazil Investigates Cruise Operators over Covid Outbreaks

Brazilian health officials said on Sunday they would investigate reports of cruise liners violating COVID-19 protocols.

“Failure to follow health protocols and disobeying restrictive measures imposed by the authorities constitute infractions that, if confirmed, will result in fines and the suspension of (cruise companies’) activities,” the Federal Health Regulator, Anvisa, said.

Health authorities said they suspended the operations of Costa Diadema following reports of passengers holding a booze-fueled New Year’s Eve party on board. 

The ministry also suspended two other ships – the Preziosa and the Splendida, after COVID-19 outbreak reports.

Anvisa said it would also reinforce a recommendation made on Friday to Brazil’s Health Ministry to immediately suspend all cruises because of the global surge in COVID-19 cases driven by the Omicron variant.

In November, cruises resumed in Brazil with orders to implement strict COVID-19 protocols, including testing passengers and releasing them in case of infection.

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