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An ambulance takes a patient to the hospital from the Coral Princess at the Port of Miami, Florida, on Saturday. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

A third passenger from the coronavirus-stricken Coral Princess cruise ship has died after being taken to hospital, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in a statement Sunday.

Details: The ship was carrying 1,020 guests and 878 crew members when it docked at the Port of Miami on Saturday, per operator Princess Cruises. Two passengers had already died before it arrived at the port, Gimenez said. The cause of their deaths was not immediately disclosed.

  • Disembarkation began Saturday and is expected to take days. Passengers continued to leave the ship Sunday, but it was "limited to those departing on chartered flights arranged by Princess Cruises to California, Australia and the United Kingdom," the firm said in a statement. All guests are to be screened before they leave the vessel.
  • "Guests requiring shoreside medical care will be prioritized to disembark first," Princess Cruises said.

Zoom in: 12 of those on board tested positive for COVID-19, Princess Cruises said. Those with respiratory symptoms, or who are still recovering, will remain on board until medically cleared by the ship’s doctors.

  • Five people were taken to the hospital from the vessel Saturday, Gimenez said. Eight more passengers were taken to hospital Sunday.

The big picture: Princess Cruises announced a week after the Coral Princess' March 5 departure from Santiago, Chile, that it was pausing global operations for two months in response to the pandemic.

Go deeper: Carnival CEO defends coronavirus response

Editor's note: This article has been updated with more details on the disembarkation process and news of the third death.

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Fear of never being able to pay off school loans is keeping many young Latinos in the U.S. from going to college or completing a degree, according to a report published in September.

State of play: Latinos tend to have more difficulty repaying school debt than white student borrowers, according to Federal Reserve data, at the same time that they need more loans in order to afford tuition.

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The Biden administration has privately protested to the Israeli government over its plan to approve the planning and construction of more than 3,000 new housing units in the Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, sources briefed on the issue tell me.

Why it matters: The approvals for new homes in the settlements will be the first since President Biden assumed office, and come after Biden and his top aides personally pressed Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to restrain settlement activity and decrease the number of new housing units.

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U.S. intelligence believes ISIS-K has the "intent" to eventually launch attacks outside of Afghanistan and could be capable of doing so "somewhere between six or 12 months," a top Pentagon official told senators Tuesday.

Why it matters: The U.S. withdrawal and subsequent Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has raised fears that terrorist groups will reconstitute and potentially pose a renewed threat to the U.S. homeland.

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