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Florida Investigates Report Cruise Line Downplayed Virus

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National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
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Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Florida's attorney general is announcing an investigation into a report that Norwegian Cruise Lines downplayed the risks of the new coronavirus in “misleading” sales pitches provided by managers.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said the consumer protection division is conducting an investigation into the sales scripts employees received to quell virus fears and sell cruise packages.

The Miami-based cruise line is cooperating with the inquiry. The Miami New Times reported it obtained emails showing that managers encouraged employees to respond with misleading information such as that the new virus could only survive in cold temperatures.