The 14-day quarantine for the Coronavirus hit Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan has now come to an end.
Diamond Princess Quarantine Ends
The Diamond Princess cruise ship which has been hit by the Coronavirus has ended its 14-day quarantine by the Japanese Ministry of Health. This means passengers are now able to get back to their home countries, however, that might not be so simple.
Almost 400 American passengers have already been evacuated and those currently onboard from Canada, Italy, Australia, and Hong Kong will also soon be evacuated by their countries. Once they arrive back they are set to undergo another 14-day quarantine and have a confirmed negative test of the Coronavirus which is otherwise known as COVID-19.
Those who are not been evacuated by their country including British passengers will begin disembarking the Princess cruise ship today. The process will take several days to complete and to be able to travel, passengers will need a certificate from the Japanese Ministry of Health to confirm they have tested negative for the deadly virus.
Princess Cruises president Jan Swartz is currently in Japan coordination the cruise line’s efforts and making sure support is there in disembarking guests. The cruise line is providing a full refund to all passengers including any travel costs and pre-booked shore excursions. No guests are being charged for added extras during the quarantine and a future cruise credit will be given.
The outbreak started from a passenger who embarked on the vessel on Yokohama, Japan on January 20. The guest who was unaware he was infected was later tested positive for COVID-19 after disembarking on January 25 in Hong Kong. On February 4 10 passengers were tested positive for the virus and the Japanese authorities put the Diamond Princess under quarantine in Yokohama.
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Since then, the numbers have gone up and there have been a total of 624 cases of the Coronavirus on board including passengers and the crew. There were originally 2,666 guests on board and 1,045 crew members, many have been taken to medical facilities on land who have tested positive during the quarantine.
Once all passengers have disembarked the cruise ship the crew might need to under a more formal quarantine. They will also be getting two months paid vacation and the ship will be taken out of action for a while.
As of writing this the Coronavirus which first started in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei Province has infected over 75,000 people around the world and the death tolls stand at over 2,000.