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A total of 140 British citizens are among the 2,500 people aboard a cruise ship being held off San Francisco after a passenger died of the coronavirus.
There are another 21 suspected cases – 10 of them crew members – on the Grand Princess.
Testing kits have been flown by helicopter to the ship after the death of a man in his 70s.
David Chiu, a Democratic member of the California state assembly, said the ship may be kept in quarantine there for two weeks.
“It’s got to dock at some point, our state’s public health infrastructure and expertise is second to none, so the chances are if there’s any place to dock – California is as good as any,” he said.
“But that being said, obviously we all have concerns to ensure it’s done well, both to serve the passengers on the ship and also to protect the broader community in California.”
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