On 20th March 2020, during the White House press briefing, President Trump expressed confidence in sanitation and cleanliness standards of cruise ships which will be potentially offered to serve as the temporary hospitals amid the escalating COVID-19 pandemic.
Carnival Corporation has offered to turn some of its ships into floating hospitals for non-coronavirus related cases to free up the land-based facilities for an anticipated influx of COVID-19 patients.
The company also said that the selected ships from its brands including Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia. These can be made available to governments and health authorities as hospitals on cruise ships.
As a response to a reporter regarding a question which said that whether the president has concerns about utilizing cruises ships as hospitals, Trump confirmed that the ships are very clean.
The ships are kept very clean and they will be made available as cruise ship hospitals. He also added that the viruses disappear when they on the surface after a certain time, in some cases, hours. It depends on which surface it’s on.