FLORIDA FINALLY TAKES CRUISE PASSENGERS, SOME ON STRETCHERS

By FREIDA FRISARO and ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON
Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Passengers from an ill-fated cruise are being allowed to touch dry land for the first time in weeks.

They’ll be disembarking in Fort Lauderdale all day Friday following the removal of 14 critically ill people, who were wheeled off to Florida hospitals bracing for an onslaught of coronavirus patients.

The exodus from the Zaandaam and Rotterdam will be followed by the Coral Princess, which arrives Saturday.

Buses began taking passengers to the airport where they boarded chartered flights home without going through the terminal.

Hundreds of crew members will remain on dozens of cruise ships docked or waiting around Florida.

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4/3/2020 9:29:41 AM (GMT -5:00)

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