Covid hits the high seas again with cruise ship outbreak: 27 infected and one dead so far

A Carnival cruise ship headed to Belize from Galveston, Texas, has suffered a Covid outbreak. 26 crew are infected, reports NBC News, and a 77-year-old passenger is dead.

NBC News was working to confirm the identity of the woman, who died on Aug. 14. The New York Times reported she was a great-grandmother from Oklahoma….

The outbreak of 27 cases aboard the ship was discovered on the fourth day of an eight-day cruise, shortly before the ship docked in Belize. Twenty-six of those who tested positive were crew members and the other was a passenger.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law banning businesses from requiring proof of vaccination, but more than 96% of passengers and all but one crew member aboard the Carnival Vista were fully vaccinated, according to the Belize tourism board. It wasn't clear if the woman who died was vaccinated or not.

Correction: The 26 people being treated are crew members, not passengers.