Coronavirus cruise: Thousands prepare to get off Grand Princess ship hit by virus

Federal and state officials in California prepared to receive thousands of people Monday from a cruise ship that has been idling off the coast of San Francisco with at least 21 people aboard infected with the coronavirus.

Personnel covered head to toe in protective gear woke passengers on the Grand Princess to check whether they have symptoms of COVID-19.

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Michele Smith, of Paradise, California, said a doctor knocked on her and her husband’s cabin before dawn and asked if they had a fever or a cough. The couple who went on the cruise to celebrate their wedding anniversary are healthy and, like the rest of the 2400 passengers aboard, have been isolating in their cabins since Thursday.

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