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Another family sues Carnival over COVID-19 death on Grand Princess

Carrying multiple people who have tested positive for COVID-19, the Grand Princess maintains a holding pattern about 30 miles off the coast of San Francisco, Sunday, March 8, 2020. The cruise ship is scheduled to dock at the Port of Oakland on Monday. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

PortandTerminal.com, June 2, 2020

The Wong lawsuit is one of roughly a dozen filed by Grand Princess passengers or their families.

MIAMI, FL – The family of a cruise ship passenger who died of COVID-19 is suing Carnival and Princess Cruises.

They are not the first to sue Carnival over its mishandling of the COVID-19 cruise ship crisis. The Wong lawsuit is one of roughly a dozen filed by Grand Princess passengers or their families. There will be others.

What happened?

Ronald Wong, 64, was a passenger, with his wife, on a trip last February from San Francisco to Mexico.

A month later he died in a California hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.

Wong’s family says the cruise line and its parent company should have known that a passenger on the ship’s previous voyage had coronavirus.

Wong’s trip on the Grand Princess ended up docking at the Port of Oakland on March 9.

Wong’s wife also contracted COVID-19 but recovered.

A total of 131 people on the ship tested positive for the coronavirus, and five died.

(Carnival) leadership, including Arnold Donald (Carnival Corp CEO), all knew about the scale of the coronavirus outbreak. At least seven more of the company’s ships at sea have become virus hot spots, resulting in more than 1,500 positive infections and at least 39 fatalities.

Bloomberg News, April 16, 2020

Princess Cruises spokeswoman says the company does not comment on pending litigation.

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