Cruise ships have been ground zero for new infections, yet 6,000 passengers remain at sea. A Guardian analysis has found eight such ships, including one with at least 128 positive coronavirus test recipients. Some set sail in mid-March — after the World Health Organization declared the pandemic. European and American health authorities have said their citizens must remain aboard for 14 days after testing negative.
Where do things stand? Australia has launched a criminal probe of one operator that unloaded infected passengers. Observers suspect other cases may be concealed, and those still aboard despair of ever disembarking.
OZY examines the foundering industry’s future.