Coronavirus stays on surfaces far longer than scientists first thought. Traces of coronavirus remained inside cabins of the Diamond Princess for more than two weeks after the 3,711 passengers and crew were removed, according to alarming new research.
A report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Monday traces of the coronavirus is found in cabins on the stricken cruise ship 17 days after they were abandoned. More than five times longer than it was believed at first. Scientists had initially claimed the potentially deadly bug live two to three days on some surfaces.
Carnival Cruise Lines, the world’s largest cruise operator is
willing to convert its unused cruise ships into temporary hospitals, as the
growing number of COVID-19 cases would put pressure on land-based hospitals.
Carnival announced its offer to governments and health authorities last week. The cruise ships are “capable of being quickly provisioned” to serve as hospitals with up to 1,000 hospital rooms that can treat patients suffering from less critical or non-COVID-19 conditions,” Carnival said in a press release.
Several cruise lines have implemented new travel restrictions
this week and boosted their passenger screening procedures.
Cruise operators issued travel advisories to ensure that their guests are not affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Cruise lines are not letting people sail if they have traveled in China amid the outbreak of the new coronavirus that started there.
The coronavirus appeared in Wuhan, China, in December last year.
Due to the virus, almost 20 people died and 600 were infected.