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17 cases of COVID-19 found on Norwegian Cruise ship returning to New Orleans.

A Norwegian Cruise Lines Breakaway ship is seen in the water off the coast of New Orleans.
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A Norwegian Cruise Lines Breakaway ship is seen in the water off the coast of New Orleans.

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“Everything was business as normal,” he said about the night before the cruise disembarked. “The show went on and the bars were open. Everything was normal.”

He told CNN he was sent home with a test to take in three days.

“We take this matter extremely seriously and will continue to work closely with the CDC, the office of Governor John Bel Edwards, the Louisiana Department of Health as well as the city and port of New Orleans,” Norwegian Cruise Line said.

Cruise ships were an early source of outbreaks last year, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue a no-sail order in March 2020. As the government allowed cruises to resume with some restrictions, ships added vaccine requirements, testing rules, capacity limits and mask mandates.

A report by the CDC last month showed that more than 1,000 cases had been discovered on cruises in the United States since sailing resumed following the industry-wide shutdown.

— With a file from Reuters

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