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Published on Monday, May 4, 2020

Congress probing Carnival Corp's Covid-19 response

Carnival Corp's handling of coronavirus outbreaks on its cruise ships is now the subject of a Congressional inquiry.

Lawmakers have requested all documents and evidence of communications relating to the company's response since the beginning of the year.

The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure want all records including communications with all federal and state authorities including the CDC and the US Coast Guard.

Outbreaks have occurred on multiple Carnival ships since the outbreak began, with dozens of deaths.

A Washington Post report cites at least 65 deaths of passengers and crew across the industry.

"Our committee, the U.S. Congress, and the American public need to be assured that the global cruise line industry and Carnival Corporation in particular, are instituting necessary measures," said a letter from US Reps Peter A. DeFazio and Sean Maloney.

"It seems Carnival Corporation is still trying to sell this cruise line fantasy and ignoring the public health threat," DeFazio added.

The company is fully cooperating with the inquiry.

"Our goal is the same as the committee's goal: to protect the health, safety and well-being of our guests and crew, along with compliance and environmental protection," said Carnival's chief communications officer, Roger Frizzell.

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  • The pot calling the kettle black!

    This article and the fact that a congressperson is pointing the finger at the cruise industry makes me so angry. If they are looking to point fingers, why are the not investigating the City of New York for not doing more to monitor the situation earlier? I don't think that pointing fingers fixes anything, but my point is that they really need to look beyond the ends of their noses if they're going to look at all. The cruise lines were hindered greatly at many ports globally from disembarking, and were not even accurately advised of the outbreak at the very beginning.

    By Mary Nunes, Monday, May 4, 2020

  • Blame the governments not cruise lines!

    Of course the virus was going to show up on ships. It was all over. The MAIN problem which caused so many cases onboard and the deaths is governments DID NOT ALLOW passengers off the ships. If passengers were disembarked and sick people treated the problem would have been much better.

    By jim hurlburt, Monday, May 4, 2020

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