Caribbean islands deny entry to cruise ships over Omicron, but allow flights from Florida, where state is experiencing record Covid numbers

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As the cruise industry adjusts to the threat of the Omicron variant, some Caribbean islands have refused entry to cruise ships that have isolated and monitored Covid cases on board.

Although these ports have told cruise ships they cannot enter, flights from states like Florida have been able to travel despite daily records of new cases of Covid.

Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas was denied entry to St. Thomas on Sunday, and Carnival Freedom was denied entry to Bonaire and Aruba. Both ships had positive cases of Covid on board.

They follow Symphony and Odyssey of the Seas, both of which had Covid cases on board and were denied entry into Caribbean ports of call.

Meanwhile, Florida recorded 31,758 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, breaking a record for the most cases in a single day since the pandemic began in the United States in March 2020, according to data from the United States. United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The new record was driven by the spread of the new omicron variant.

The highest single-day case count was last August, at the height of the Delta-variant wave in Florida, when 27,802 cases were reported.

We’ve counted at least four flights between Florida and Cyril E King Airport in St. Thomas in the past 24 hours, without banning planes that have minimum health protocols.

  • American Airlines 1619 from Miami
  • American Airlines 416 departing from Miami
  • Spirit 201 from Fort Lauderdale
  • Orlando Spirit 284

Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba has had at least half a dozen flights from Florida alone in the past 24 hours.

  • American Airlines 2217
  • Spirit 885
  • JetBlue 1411
  • American Airlines 1028
  • American Airlines 2243
  • Border 20
  • American Airlines 2217

So, while these islands deny entry to cruise ships with 40-50 cases per ship (equivalent to about 1% of passengers on board), Florida records over 30,000 cases per day and no schedule change. theft due to Covid.

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