A 79-year-old Canadian man who positively COVID-19 while on a cruise in South America had died in the hospital Brazil, health authorities said.
He was in the Silver Shadow cruise ship sailing off the coast of Brazil when two passengers showed signs of influenza-like illness. They were medically evacuated on March 12.
He was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Real Hospital Português de beneficence in Recife for treatment.
He died Thursday morning, “due to complications caused by a new coronavirus,” said Dr. Cristiano Hecksher, medical director of the hospital, in a statement. Canada is one of the two COVID 19 patients who died that day, the other is 69 years old local man.
“Both have comorbidity,” said Hecksher, which means they both have other medical conditions with COVID-19.
Canada’s name was not released.
“We have expressed deepest sympathy to the family on the loss of their loved one,” said Jonathon Fishman, a spokesman for Royal Caribbean Ltd., the holding company that owns the Silver Shadow.
“Of all of us, our heart goes to them.”
Other passengers do not have COVID-19.
The Silver Shadow is one of the few cruise ships are stuck in limbo when the global pandemic declared coronavirus. Some ships can not dock at the port of South America and is still stranded at sea, including the MS Zaandam, where four passengers were killed.
The Silver Shadow was anchored in Recife, a major port on the Atlantic coast of Brazil but the remaining 318 passengers and 291 crew members were not allowed to leave while authorities figured out how to proceed. Passengers are limited to their room for a week, where the food delivered to their door. The remaining Canadian passengers were allowed to go down on Saturday, leaving only the Americans on board.
the fate of the ship came into the limelight when mentioned by US President Donald Trump in one of his briefing coronavirus. He said the US passenger finally all been flown back to the United States.
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