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Second Marella cruise ship passenger dies from virus complications

Merida, Yucatan — Another person of British nationality has died in Yucatan due to coronavirus complications. The second British death is that of a 46-year-old man who was one of three removed from aboard the docked Marella Explorer 2 cruise ship, said the Yucatan Health Secretariat (SSY).

La Secretaría de Salud de Yucatán (SSY) head Dr. Jorge Eduardo Mondoza Mezquita reported there are more than 750 suspected cases in the state. The SSY says as of April 7, they have 75 positive cases and four deaths, two of which, have been foreigners.

A humanitarian request from the British government to the government of Mexico allows the ship, which originally arrived with 49 passengers, to remain docked in Progreso, Yucatan. All but three of the cruise ship passengers were flown back to the UK.

It is the second coronavirus-related death from the three ship passengers who tested positive from aboard the Marella Explorer 2. The first death was that of a 71-year-old British cruise ship passenger, who, along with his wife, tested positive for the virus. The man died several days after being admitted to hospital, however, his wife suffered only minor symptoms and remains isolated.