Revealed: 6000 passengers on cruise ships at sea despite coronavirus crisis


Guardian analysis comes amid growing scrutiny of industry’s response to outbreak

At least six thousand passengers remain at sea on cruise liners around the world despite the coronavirus pandemic, Guardian analysis has found, amid growing scrutiny of the cruise industry’s reaction to the spread of Covid-19.

Dozens of fatalities have now been linked to cruise ships, with both passengers and crew dying while at sea and after disembarking. Yet, according to analysis using the ship-tracking site CruiseMapper, at least eight ships remain at sea with passengers – including one vessel on which 128 people tested positive for coronavirus.

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