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Here’s What’s Happening on That Cruise Ship in Japan with 135 Coronavirus Cases

Nearly 3,700 people aboard the Diamond Princess luxury cruise ship are stuck in quarantine off the Tokyo Bay, and 65 new coronavirus cases from the ship were confirmed Monday. Crew members and passengers, some with medical conditions, still have another week left in quarantine. The quarantine began last week when the ship docked in Yokohama,…

Here’s What’s Happening on That Cruise Ship in Japan with 135 Coronavirus Cases

Nearly 3,700 people aboard the Diamond Princess luxury cruise ship are stuck in quarantine off the Tokyo Bay, and 65 new coronavirus cases from the ship were confirmed Monday.

Crew members and passengers, some with medical conditions, still have another week left in quarantine.

The quarantine began last week when the ship docked in Yokohama, just south of Tokyo, and officials were briefed that a passenger who had disembarked in Hong Kong had tested positive for a new strain of coronavirus. The quarantine is currently scheduled to end Feb. 19.

A total of 135 people from the Diamond Princess have now been diagnosed with coronavirus, Japanese health officials said Monday, making the cruise ship the largest concentrated area of coronavirus cases outside of China. Those who test positive for coronavirus, which presents with flu-like symptoms, are promptly removed from the cruise ship using special sanitation measures, and transferred to local Japanese hospitals, according to NPR.

New cases are being announced among passengers and crew almost daily, according to the New York Times, and testing so far has been limited to only a few hundred passengers who are already showing symptoms — to the frustration of some on board. In the meantime, passengers are largely being confined to their tiny cabins, with brief chances to go outside for fresh air in shifts, according to NBC News. Passengers told Reuters they’re passing time with movies, origami, and broadcasts of magic shows.

READ: China is erasing tributes to the whistleblower doctor who warned the world about coronavirus

Crew members, meanwhile, are continuing to deliver food and accommodations to the passengers, although some have made panicked pleas to their home governments to get them off the ship over fears that they may become sick.

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