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Dozens of cruise employees died by suicide during coronavirus quarantine: report


#Tens of thousands of cruise ship workers were trapped at sea for months in isolation as crew members began to die — not only from the coronavirus, but suicide, reveals a new #Bloomberg #News investigation.

#Before the coronavirus pandemic came to the #United #States, the country watched as cruise ships — first one, then several — became hotspots for COVID-19. #Some passengers died before others were evacuated by their home countries. #But crew members that survived COVID-19 faced another danger: isolation.


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#In #April, some cruise companies refused to sign an agreement with the #Centers for #Disease #Control and #Prevention (CDC), the #Miami #Herald reported, which would hold them accountable for the process of arranging private transportation for crew. A spokesperson for the agency told the #Herald cruise company officials complained it was “too expensive.”

#When the ships finally docked, it was too late for some who were confined to tiny cabins in crisis conditions and even no pay at times, according to #Bloomberg, with little to no idea when they would see their families again. #Even those who are comfortable at home have reported worse mental health during the pandemic, which has only been exacerbated for those with preexisting conditions.


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“We are saddened by the passing of our crew member and extend our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones,” #Chris #Chiames, the chief communications officer for #Carnival #Cruise #Line, told #Bloomberg #News.

#Chiames said the company provided counseling resources and regular communications about self-care, but some workers told the news outlet it wasn’t enough. #Crew aboard #Royal #Caribbean’s #Navigator of the #Seas went on a hunger strike, while those on the #Majesty of the #Seas raised a banner that said, “#How many more suicides do you need?!” #Ships’ captains “took steps to resolve each situation,” #Royal #Caribbean told #Bloomberg #News, adding that the company “understood the frustration behind the protest.”

#Some families are pursuing legal recourse, #Bloomberg #News reported, including that of #Jozsef #Szallers, a 28-year-old worker who was found dead on the #Carnival #Breeze on #May 9.

“Nothing will bring back my child, but it may give us some peace,” his father #Vilmos #Szallers told the outlet. “If the cruise company did something wrong, then I don’t think we’ll ever find out, because it’s such a huge entity and there’s such a vast financial network behind it. They just ignore us.”


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