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Grand Princess, another ship of Princess Cruises hit by coronavirus, will begin to allow guests to disembark Monday.
The ship was returning from Hawaii when it was held off the California coast. Thousands of passengers had been in limbo for days, during which officials debated the origins of the virus outbreak and developed plans to deal with the situation. President Trump has expressed his concern, saying that allowing the passengers to disembark might accelerate the spread of coronavirus in the United States.
At least 21 of the nearly 3000 people on board have tested positive for the virus, and many more still need to be tested to find out how many have the virus. According to a cruise line medical officer, the 71-year-old Californian who died from coronavirus was once on board and brought the virus with him.
Since the ship was held offshore, helicopters and cutters were used to deliver gloves and masks to the ship and evacuate ill passengers from it.
Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday that officials have developed a plan for passengers that will be implemented this weekend, and that all the members on board would be tested for the virus and quarantined if necessary.
The ship will dock Monday in California, and those who need urgent medical treatment will be first to disembark. A spokeswoman for the Prince Cruise company says that passengers will go to facilities for testing and isolation, and crew members will be treated on the ship.
Grand Princess is the second coronavirus cruise situation of Princess Cruises. The company also owns the Diamond Princess, the ship that was quarantined in Yokohama, Japan. This previous case is related to an outbreak that infected nearly 700 passengers, among whom six have died.
cruise: n. 航行
disembark: v. 下（船、车、飞机等）
limbo: n. 不稳定状态
evacuate: v. 转移、疏散
quarantine: v. 隔离