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Politics Trump urges Florida governor to allow coronavirus-stricken ship to dock

16:28  01 april  2020
16:28  01 april  2020 Source:   foxnews.com

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(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged Florida officials to open an Atlantic Coast port to a Dutch cruise ship stuck at sea with a deadly coronavirus outbreak onboard, urging the governor to drop his opposition. Weighing in on the fate of Holland America Line’s MS Zaandam

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged Florida officials to open an Atlantic Coast port to a Dutch cruise ship stuck at sea with a deadly coronavirus outbreak onboard, urging the governor to drop his opposition. Weighing in on the fate of Holland America Line’s MS Zaandam

President Trump Tuesday urged Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to allow passengers from a Holland America cruise ship to dock in the state a day after the governor said that would be a “mistake.”

A view of Holland America's cruise ship Zaandam as it entered the Panama City bay on March 27, 2020. © IVAN PISARENKO/AFP via Getty Images A view of Holland America's cruise ship Zaandam as it entered the Panama City bay on March 27, 2020.

“They’re dying on the ship,” Trump said during a White House briefing. Four people have died on the ship as of Tuesday evening. Trump said he planned to call DeSantis, according to Reuters. “I’m going to do what’s right, not only for us but for humanity.”

On Monday, DeSantis said South Florida is already overwhelmed by the virus and space in hospitals needs to be reserved for local patients, not foreign nationals, according to FOX 13 in Tampa.

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The coronavirus - stricken Holland America Line cruise ship Zaandam (L) and its sister ship the Rotterdam (AFP Photo/Ivan PISARENKO). Fort Lauderdale (United States ) (AFP) - US authorities were finalizing a plan on Tuesday to allow a coronavirus - stricken cruise ship , the Zaandam, to dock in

Florida governor has declared ship , which held 248 Canadians, unwelcome. U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged Florida officials to open an Atlantic Coast port to a Dutch cruise ship stuck at sea with a deadly coronavirus outbreak onboard, urging the governor to drop his opposition.

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“We cannot afford to have people who aren’t even Floridians dumped into South Florida using up those valuable resources,” he told Fox News.

Holland America’s Zaandam left Argentina on March 7 and has been stuck at sea since then.

"We think it's a mistake to be putting people into southern Florida right now, given what we're dealing with, so we would like to have medical personnel simply be dispatched to that ship, and the cruise lines can hopefully arrange for that, tend to folks who may need medical attention," DeSantis said.

Holland America officials confirmed that “four older guests” had died of the virus and at least 130 have flu-like symptoms, FOX 13 reported.

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A coronavirus - stricken cruise ship embroiled in a dispute over plans to disembark passengers in the US has reported the deaths of four people However, Donald Trump said at the White House’s daily coronavirus briefing that he would ask Mr DeSantis to allow the ships to dock in Florida .

A sister ship, the Rotterdam, boarded about two-thirds of the ship's passengers who passed a medical check and should reach Fort Lauderdale by the end of the week, according to Reuters.

“Florida continues to receive flights from New York and it allowed spring break gatherings to go on as planned. Why turn their backs on us?” Laura Gabaroni, who boarded the Rotterdam with her husband, told the Associated Press. “We hope our elected officials will do the right thing: let the Americans disembark and safely quarantine.”

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The U.S. Coast Guard this week also advised that Miami-based ships registered in the Bahamas should go there for help first and said those with more than 50 aboard may have to care for patients onboard “for an indefinite period of time,” according to The Miami Herald.

Ships must also arrange for private transport for sick passengers rather than relying on the Coast Guard.

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Trump’s comments contrast with earlier in the month when he said the Grand Princess, another stricken ship off the coast of California, shouldn’t be allowed to dock because he didn’t want the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. to go up, according to Reuters.

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