27 people aboard Carnival cruise test positive for COVID-19

MEXICO CITY (AP) – A Carnival cruise on which 27 people tested positive for COVID-19 just before the ship made a stop in Belize City this week is headed back to Galveston, Texas.

The Belize Tourism Board said in a statement earlier this week the positive cases were among 26 crew members and one passenger on the Carnival Vista, which is carrying over 1,400 crew and nearly 3,000 passengers.

The ship arrived Wednesday in Belize City.

Carnival said in a statement Friday that it was managing “a small number of positive COVID cases.”

The company says, “We have managed the situation utilizing stringent health protocols which included placing those who tested positive in isolation and close contacts in quarantine.”