Coronavirus: Cruise ship Grand Princess docks in California – BBC News

Passengers aboard a virus-hit cruise liner in California have begun disembarking after being kept off the coast of San Francisco for five days.

Nineteen crew members and two passengers on the Grand Princess have tested positive for Covid-19.

The vessel carrying 3,500 people from 54 countries, has docked in Oakland.

The US has reported more than 607 coronavirus cases and 24 deaths. President Donald Trump said it had “blindsided” the world.

Cases of the virus have been recorded in 34 states plus Washington DC.

Some US politicians – including Mr Trump’s newly appointed chief of staff Mark Meadows – are self-isolating after coming into contact with an individual who has tested positive.

In Bologna, people are struggling to come to terms with their strange new reality.

One woman, who runs a hotel near the Piazza Maggiore, with its grand Basilica, said she was confused by what the government is doing.

“One day they say one thing, and the next day they do just the opposite,” she told the BBC. “One day they say we are in a terrible period, and the next day they say it is not so bad.”

Her business, like so many in the tourist trade, has taken a big hit. This should be high season, but the hotels here are deserted.

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