Not at all The Diamond Princess Leaving Japan's Yokhama port on January 20, 2,666 passengers on board were ready to travel to China, Vietnam and Taiwan. Two weeks later, they could not find themselves in the cab, spending only a few hours every day, and their satellites and crews 542 tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, which infected 75,000 people.
This story originally appeared in WIRED UK.
Although the development of Cov-19 was slow in China, China The Diamond Princess It is a hot spot for infection. Of the confirmed cases, more than half of them were aboard a cruise ship outside China. Singapore, the country with the highest incidence, is confirmed by 77 infections. This is how he made fun of the deadly epidemic in East Asia on the battlefield.
For more than two weeks, passengers The Diamond Princess They took a three-course dinner for dinner, which included a crew of three times with masks and gloves prepared in the temporary kitchen set up by a charity on the shore, which usually supplies dishes in times of disaster. The casino is closed, but creaky Wi-Fi is available and Amazon's delivery seems to be on board, though Alcohol started in the middle of the night Through quarantine.
Although the official quarantine expires on February 19, most passengers need further patience, as they will be isolated for two more weeks upon returning to their homeland, and unlucky enough to catch Covid-19. In the hospital.
On February 1, a passenger who had left for Hong Kong five days earlier was diagnosed with Cod-19. The voyage was suspended by medical authorities on February 4 for 24-hour health checks, but Princess Cruises quickly canceled the entire voyage, hanging out in Yokohama to allow more time for passengers and crew to check in. It turned out that ten passengers were infected and went ashore for medical treatment.
Two days later, the number of those infected rose to 41, but the Japanese Ministry of Health believed that tests were no longer available at that time. The rest of the passengers were asked on board the quarantine, and the cruise company offered free internet, switched satellite channels, and those who would be offered rooms in windows without windows were able to breathe fresh air now and then on the deck. Passengers tweeted photos Flower, chocolate and other gift items, including children's games and cards.
"We hope that these gestures will raise the mood of those ships during these difficult times," said Ray Caluor, writing update to Princess Cruises' EVP. The official updates were shared with notes printed on the cabin door and passengers thanked for messages that the crew had attached to their doors, but also took to social media to share boredom, frustration and anxiety.
Six more cases were reported on February 8, and one day later, 66 years later. Princess Cruise has told passengers that they will pay for all their expenses, including air travel, pay for anything on board, and offer a free future cruise – should anyone want to. The cruise company also offered passengers the opportunity to perform a quarantine at the beach, but emphasized that they had no medical staff, and all food would be in Japanese-style bento boxes; Those who do break up have their first virus test.
Shortly thereafter, the US announced that it would return American passengers; One passenger Whoever chose to stay On board were notified hearing "US!" And "Get Off This Ship" when their departure came. With infections continuing to contract, 169 new cases had to be completed before quarantine was completed. An Australian doctor who is quarantined on board with his parents said: "He was tested and negative but not positive.