Amid heightened fears of the worldwide coronavirus contagion, dozens of passengers aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship have tested positive for the flu.
FoxBaltimore.com reports that 82 passengers and crew members tested positive for influenza A or B , prompting authorities to place the affected individuals in isolation. The CDC said that it did not test the affected individuals for coronavirus as none of them had recently traveled through regions impacted by coronavirus and none had contact with anyone who had been exposed to the virus.
On Monday authorities released dozens of passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship from their two-week quarantine, while others were forced to remain. Of the nearly 300 passengers from the ship who have been quarantined in various places across the U.S., approximately 145 have been released. Another 120 were scheduled to be released soon.