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US: 21 people on Grand Princess confirmed coronavirus

US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — A coronavirus was found in 21 people on a Grand Princess cruise ship off the coast of California, US Vice President Mike Pence said during a press conference in Washington.

“The Grand Princess, which has been off the coast of California since Wednesday night: the coronavirus tests were carried out, and we got the results …. 21 people from those who passed the test (there were 46), the result was positive,” Pence said.

The company said that on board the Grand Princess there are 3,533 people, including 2,422 passengers and 1,111 crew members, who represent 54 countries. On board are four Russians.

Earlier it became known about the first death in California caused by a coronavirus. State authorities suggest that the deceased could become infected while on the Grand Princess cruise ship from February 11 to 21. Initially, the liner followed the course to the Mexican city of Ensenada, but on Wednesday the company decided to deploy the ship and send it to San Francisco in order to check passengers and crew as a preventive measure.

People aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship were not aware of the test results when Vice President Pence announced 21 cases, according to CNN.

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