Passengers who have tested negative for the novel coronavirus began disembarking from the stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship Wednesday, despite mounting evidence from infectious disease experts they could unknowingly be carrying the virus.
Passengers who have tested negative for the novel coronavirus started disembarking from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship Wednesday, with some expected to transition to shoreside facilities and others to board chartered flights.
These are the first passengers to leave the vessel following a 14-day quarantine period, not including those undergoing treatment on shore for the virus, and the more than 300 Americans evacuated over the weekend and now in quarantine at two US bases. A total of 545 confirmed cases of the virus have been linked to the ship during its quarantine in Tokyo Bay, with 88 new cases confirmed on Tuesday. One new case was confirmed on Wednesday -- a Disaster Medical Assistant Team male doctor in his 30s who went on board the ship.Passengers over 70 years old who have tested negative are likely to be the first to exit the ship, with some expected to transition to shoreside facilities and others to board chartered flights, according to the ship's captain. The disembarkation will take several days. Once passengers have left the ship, they will be permitted to travel freely. Japan's efforts to institute quarantine measures aboard the Diamond Princess may have slowed transmission on land, but the disembarkation has sparked wider concerns, with some pointing to a potential breach of public safety. Read MoreOn Monday, it was revealed that a total of 14 evacuated American passengers developed symptoms only after leaving the ship. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) commended Japan's quarantine measures but said they may not be sufficient to prevent transmission among individuals in the ship."The CDC believes the rate of new infections on board, especially among those without symptoms, represents an ongoing risk," it said in a statement released Tuesday. "To protect the health of the American public, all passengers and crew of the ship have been placed under travel restrictions, preventing them from returning to the US for at least 14 days after they have left the Diamond Princess."Other experts have also raised the alarm. A Japanese infectious disease specialist who visited the quarantined cruise ship alleged there is inadequate infection control on board."Inside the Diamond Princess, I was was so scared ... there was no way to tell where the virus was ... bureaucrats were in charge of everything," said Kentaro Iwata, an infectious disease specialist at Kobe University in a YouTube video published Tuesday.Japan issues health guidelinesJapan has stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus after an uptick in cases nationwide sparked concern among the public and cast a shadow over the economy and Tokyo's preparations to host the Summer Olympics.The country's health ministry issued guidelines on Monday for people experiencing symptoms similar to the coronavirus in an effort to to prevent worried citizens from inundating hospitals by providing them with specific hotlines to call.People who are feeling lethargic, experiencing shortness of breath, or who have had a temperature of 37.5 Celsius or higher for four days should call nationwide healthcare centers that are in charge of responding to the outbreak, the health ministry advises.A total of 613 cases of the virus, officially called Covid-19, have been confirmed in the country -- the largest outbreak outside China, including the hundreds of cases from the Diamond Princess.On Friday morning, cases unrelated to the ship stood at 31, but by Wednesday that number had risen to 68 following a spike in cases across the country in the past few days. An elderly woman in Kanagawa prefecture is the only person in Japan to have died of the virus. People wearing masks wait to cross a road in the Shibuya district on February 02, 2020 in Tokyo, JapanThe guidance comes as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a meeting with medical experts over the weekend and Japan's health minister warned on Sunday that the nation is"entering a new phase" in the coronavirus outbreak."We want to ask the public to avoid non-urgent, non-essential gatherings. We want the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions to avoid crowded places," health minister Katsunobu Kato said Sunday, after a discussion by a panel of experts. They said Japan was still in the early stages of infection.Kato said that as it would be difficult to track the source of the infections, Japan could see a rise in cases. He stressed that it was important for medical facilities to prepare themselves in advance to tackle a potential spread of the infection in Japan. Outbreak responseThe coronavirus has spread from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak in central China, to more than 25 countries, killing 2,005 people and infecting more than 75,000 people.Face masks have become scarce in Japan since early February. Amid the shortage, an old tweet from the Tokyo police's department's disaster countermeasures division from August 2019 that provides instruction on how to make a DIY mask gained renewed chatter online as people turn to increasingly creative measures to protect themselves.キッチンペーパーで簡易マスクを作成。キッチンペーパーを蛇腹に折り両端に輪ゴムをつけホチキス止め。ホチキスの位置で大きさを調整でき、とても簡単に作ることができました。娘に着けてもらったところ「苦しくない。いい感じ。」とのこと。密閉性には少し欠けますが、砂ほこり等は十分に防げます。 pic.twitter.com/sb46djvi45
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Let’s get the vaccine developed quickly. Anti-vaccine parents should get it last. I don't think it matters any longer. The genie is well and truly out of the bottle already. GovHowardDean Don’t worry peeps, the derp in the White House said the virus will end in April. Everyone will be fine 🥴 I’m pretty sure it will end on trumps day, April 1 because trump is the fucking fool
Roll the dice, say a prayer and off they go. Note the CDC advised against the release of passengers from a inadequate flawed Diamond Princess quarantine. US warns against releasing Diamond Princess passengers in Japan via financialtimes Can they find a cure already This thing is scary!! Who ever thought that cooping a few thousand people into very tight quarters for a number of weeks with an unknown number of sick people, would provide a good result
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When you gotta princess...you gotta princess 👸🏻 💃 FACKing awesome. We've heard realDonaldTrump not being concerned about the virus. He doesn't care about the health of American citizens.
Coronavirus Quarantine on Cruise Ship Ends, Healthy Passengers Cleared to LeavePassengers who tested negative for infection with the novel coronavirus started leaving the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan as a two-week general quarantine aboard the ship ended. Well we will definitely see a larger spread now. This is a very wrong decision and the supervirus will spread out quickly. WuhanCoronavirus Surprised about Japan’s poor handling of this public health crisis! Here’s hoping they don’t regret it
Passengers begin leaving after ship's virus quarantine endsVirus Latest: —Hundreds of passengers have begun leaving the Diamond Princess cruise ship after their two-week quarantine in Japan ended. —New virus cases in China continued to fall, with 1,749 new infections and 136 new deaths announced. Does anyone honestly believe China's claim on the number infected/dead? Why u would say new virus cases continue to fall instead of rise? “Coronavirus Cruise” coming to theaters in under 18 months (probably)
Quarantine on cruise ship in Japan comes under questionWhen the Diamond Princess cruise ship was quarantined in Yokohama, Japanese officials said it was needed to stop the spread of the virus that emerged in China. With 540 cases of the virus on board, scientists say it's clear the quarantine did not work. WTF? they quarantined people on a closed system WTF did they expect? Here's a no-brainer... there's even more who are going to get sick. In fact if they wait long enough that whole ship will be infected. 99 new cases 2 weeks in, there is no question about it. It failed. When the Diamond Princess cruise ship was quarantined, Japanese officials said it was needed to stop the spread of the virus that emerged in China. With 542 cases of the virus on board, scientists say it's clear the quarantine did not work.(Updates cases.)
Coronavirus Cruise Quarantine Draws Criticism After More Passengers InfectedMore evidence of the holes in the coronavirus quarantine on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship came Tuesday when Japan said the number of infected passengers and crew passed 500. First off..... - Never go aboard on floating Petri dish Secondly..... - refer to the above Japanese doctor was on the ship. His YouTube is conveying truth inside the ship. 'Diamond Princess is COVID-19 mill. How I got in the ship and was removed...'
Americans on cruise ship in Japan to trade one quarantine for anotherA group of Americans are cutting short a 14-day quarantine on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in the port of Yokohama, near Tokyo, to be whisked back to America. Meanwhile ahead of the SummerOlympics: Nice Ooopss it's high time we make sense of awareness CORONAVisaTZ come get warm and healed