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Photo: Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images

Twenty-six crew members and one passenger on a Carnival cruise that arrived in Belize this week tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the Belize Tourism Board.

State of play: The board said that everyone who tested positive was put in isolation, adding those who were vaccinated and tested positive were either asymptomatic or had very mild symptoms.

  • All passengers who tested negative will be required to present proof of their test.
  • Carnival last week announced new mask guidelines, which say that all guests are required to wear masks indoors.
  • Carnival told Axios that the company has a process in place to randomly test a large percentage of the crew multiple days per week, including those who are vaccinated.

By the numbers: The ship had 2,895 passengers and 1,441 crew members on board. The tourism board noted that 96.5% of passengers and 99.98% of staff were vaccinated.

What they're saying: "After a thorough review of the situation, and after determining that the risk is low, including the fact that CDC is aware of the situation, it was concluded that the situation is contained, and safety protocols are proving effective," the board said.

  • "The health, safety and well-being of our guests, crew and the destinations we visit is our priority. All activities on the ship are taking place and our guests have been terrific at adapting to our new protocols," Carnival said in a statement to Axios.

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White House unveils plan to "quickly" vaccinate kids ages 5–11

Charles Muro, 13, is inoculated at Hartford Healthcare's mass vaccination center at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn. Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images

The White House on Wednesday released its plan to vaccinate children between the ages of 5 and 11, pending authorization from the FDA of the first COVID-19 shot for that age group.

The big picture: The White House said it has secured enough vaccine supply to equip more than 25,000 pediatric and primary care offices, hundreds of school and community health clinics, and tens of thousands of pharmacies to administer the shots.

Oct 22, 2021 - Health

CDC director: U.S. may change definition of "fully vaccinated" as boosters roll out

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky. Photo: Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images

Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday the U.S. "may need to update" its definition for what it means to have full vaccination against COVID.

The big picture: The CDC and the FDA have officially approved boosters with every authorized vaccine in the U.S. for people who meet specific requirements. Walensky explained that since not everyone is eligible for a booster, the definition has not been changed "yet."

"Atmospheric river" to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A map depicting 24-hour preciptation forecast (inches) ending Monday at 5a.m. local time. Photo: NOAA

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.