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Grand Princess and Golden Gate.jpg FILE PHOTO: JAKE TOMLINSON
Grand Princess is shown here during an earlier visit to San Francisco. The ship remains offshore

21 people on Grand Princess have coronavirus in first test batch

Saturday update: Additional protective gloves and face masks were delivered by a US Coast Guard helicopter, and a passenger who was critically ill — unrelated to coronavirus — was evacuated by a USCG cutter. The ship is 50 miles off the coast of San Francisco, awaiting instructions.

Twenty-one people on Grand Princess, including two passengers and 19 crew, tested positive for coronavirus.

This was the number confirmed late Friday afternoon in the first batch of 45 samples taken Thursday on the ship. It is currently off the California coast.

Mike Pence outlines the plan

Announcing the results, US Vice President Mike Pence said there are plans to bring the ship to a noncommercial port, and that everyone on board would be tested.

All passengers confined to their rooms

Meanwhile, all passengers and the affected crew will remain isolated in their rooms. Food and beverage service are being provided by room service.

Princess Cruises said it was notified of the results just as Pence was giving his news conference.

The line is working with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine what additional precautionary measures may be needed. The medical team was collecting information about any prescription medical refill needs.

3,533 people on board

There are 3,533 people aboard Grand Princess, including 2,422 passengers and 1,111 crew. They represent 54 nationalities.  

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