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Canada's top doctor warns against travelling on cruise ships

BY , Mar 9, 2020 5:38 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam speaks as Minister of Health Patty Hajdu listens, during an update on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa, on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Canada's top public health doctor now recommends Canadians avoid travelling on all cruise ships to protect against the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Dr. Theresa Tam previously advised Canadians to think twice about cruises but toughened her warning in a Monday morning news conference.

Tam says the ships may voyage to areas with confirmed or undiagnosed cases of the coronavirus and its associated respiratory disease, COVID-19.

There are six cases of the virus in Canada linked to a previous voyage of the Grand Princess cruise ship out of San Francisco.

Other Canadians, stuck on the ship's current voyage, are being brought back to quarantine in Ontario.

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