The first to disembark from the Grand Princess will be those requiring hospitalization.

Two passengers who had been on Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess, the second Princess Cruises ship with cases of coronavirus, have died. 

The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the deaths, indicating both passengers died due to complications from the coronavirus.

A statement from HHS to USA TODAY said both passengers were on board the Grand Princess. 

Immediately after developing COVID-19 symptoms, one passenger was transported directly from the ship to the hospital, according to HHS. The other was quarantined at Travis Air Force Base in California and then developed symptoms and was transferred to the hospital.

One person died March 21, and the other died on March 23. Both passengers were in their early 60s.

“Princess Cruises was notified that two guests who sailed onboard Grand Princess have passed away,” read a statement from the cruise line sent by spokesperson Alivia Owyoung Ender. “Our hearts go out to the families, friends and all who are impacted by these losses. All of us at Princess Cruises offer our sincere condolences.”



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