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Diamond Princess cruise, more ships prompt more screening

One week after announcing it would be taking precautions in the face of the deadly coronavirus, which has spread across the globe and forced multiple cruise ships into quarantine, the cruise industry is stepping up measures to fight the outbreak, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said Friday. 

All members of the trade group, which make up about 90% of the ocean-going cruise ships in the world, have adopted a new policy to fight coronavirus, according to a statement provided by Bari Golin-Blaugrund, senior director of strategic communications for CLIA.

CLIA is now enhancing that policy by restricting boarding access to anyone who may have come in contact with coronavirus.

According to the Friday release, member ships are to deny boarding to anyone who has been in close contact with or helped to care for someone suspected or diagnosed with coronavirus. Those who are being monitored for potential exposure to the virus are also to be turned away.

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