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Cruise ship hit by virus to dock in Oakland, California

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Posted at 1:36 AM, Mar 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-08 14:48:09-04

BY DAISY NGUYEN AND JANIE HAR, SAN FRANCISCO — The captain told passengers Saturday night that a cruise ship hit by the coronavirus is headed to the port of Oakland, California.

Grand Princess Capt. John Smith told passengers in an audio address that the ship will dock in Oakland, California, likely Sunday afternoon.

Smith told passengers that people who require “acute medical treatment and hospitalization” will be taken to health care facilities in California.

Other guests will be taken to federally operated isolation sites or transported out of California.

The captain said he was not given any information about non-U.S. citizens.

Carnival Cruise Lines officials said earlier Saturday that there are citizens of 54 countries aboard the ship.