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Coronavirus: Dozens more catch virus on quarantined cruise ship

February 7, 2020


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people on a cruise ship off the coast of Japan have tested positive for the new
coronavirus bringing the total number of cases on board to 61 some 3,700 people
are on board the diamond princess which is quarantined in Yokohama for at least
two weeks the checks began after an 18 year old Hong Kong man who had been on
the ship last month fell ill with the virus he boarded the cruise ship in
Yokohama on the 20th of January and disembarked in Hong Kong on the 25th of
January a separate cruise ship the world dream has been quarantined in Hong Kong
after eight former passengers caught the virus it has around 3,600 people on
board but none have tested positive so far the new cases on the diamond
princess bring Japan’s number of confirmed cases to 86 the second highest
figure after China the results of the remaining 171 tests came out in 41
tested positive Japan’s health minister katsunobu Kato
said today they will be sent to hospitals in several prefectures and we
are now preparing for that one of those tested positive and now moved off board
is a 58 year old British man who was on honeymoon with his 41 year old wife with
the quarantine due to last until the 19th of February there has also been
concern over supplies of normal medicine to the ship
one passenger has been waving a Japanese flag with the message shortage of
medicine a Japanese TV crew on the shore responded with a banner asking what
medicine 20 passengers diagnosed earlier have already been taken to hospitals the
61 confirmed patients are from Japan 28 people u.s. 11 Australia Canada 7 China
3 UK New Zealand Taiwan Philippines Argentina 1 what is life like on board
David Abel from the UK is a passenger on the diamond princess and is providing
regular updates via Facebook we are to monitor
our temperatures on a regular basis and if it’s increased above normal we are to
contact the medical services on board of the ship passengers in the small inside
cabins have no window there is no daylight and no fresh air but the
captain has announced those passengers will be allowed access to open deck for
exercise and fresh air if we have permitted out on open deck we have to
wear a mask when we’re outside we have to keep one meter apart from everyone
else and are not allowed to congregate in groups all of the luxury of having
asked you have come to make the bed and put a chocolate on the pillow those days
are gone we have to take care of the cleanliness and hygiene of our own room
we’re going through all the clothes we put into our dirty wash bag and we’re
just rewiring the now our underwear we’re washing by hand we don’t have
anything other than hand soap the first day in isolation the supply of food
wasn’t good now it’s superb the other cruise ship under quarantine is the
world dream currently in Hong Kong eight passengers who had been on board from 19
to the 24th of January tested positive which led to the ship canceling its trip
to Taiwan and returning to Hong Kong all crew that worked in the cabins of the
infected passengers have been isolated with no new cases of the virus reported

2 Comments

  • Reply Joseph Smith February 7, 2020 at 8:43 am

    More good news i see.

  • Reply Shana Adjetey February 7, 2020 at 10:48 am

    So one guy infected at least 60 other people? If we weren’t worried about the R0, we should be now.

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