American cruise passenger separated from wife on ship in Japan when she tested positive for coronavirus
American cruise passenger is divorced from his wife forced to leave the ship in Japan when she tests positive for corona virus – hours before flying home to America
- Jeannie Hopland, from Elizabethton, Tennessee, has tested positive for the virus
- She was taken to a hospital in Tokyo a few hours before they would fly home
- Her husband Dr. Arnold Hopland was not allowed to go with her and is still on ship
An American passenger on the coronavirus cruise ship in Japan got divorced from her husband after she tested positive for the deadly infection several hours before they had to fly home.
Jeannie Hopland, from Elizabethton, Tennessee, was removed from the Diamond Princess yesterday and taken to a hospital in Tokyo, but her husband Arnold, a doctor, was not allowed to go with her.
The couple, who have four children and 15 grandchildren, were set to fly back to the US with about 400 other Americans, but Hopland says they may not be able to go home until the end of next month.
Dr. Kevin Hopland with his wife Jeannie in their cabin on the Diamond Princess cruise ship
The cruise ship transported more than 3,700 passengers and crew from more than 50 countries and territories when it docked in Yokohama Bay on February 5.
Dr. Arnold Hopland was not allowed to take his wife to the hospital after she had tested positive for the corona virus
Mrs. Hopland said, “I feel good,” but I certainly don’t want to make anyone sick, so I’m glad I’m not around.
“It’s the fear of the unknown, you know. But the Lord is holding me, so I don’t have to be afraid. “
The couple believes that Mrs. Hopland contracted the disease from the ship’s steward who brought them food before he tested positive a few days ago.
The results of dr. Hopland’s corona virus came back negative, but he was not allowed to leave the ship to accompany his wife and did not know how long they would stay apart.
“We have no idea what the next step is,” Dr. said. Hopland. “But all indications are that if we are not on the planes leaving Japan, we may not return to the United States until the end of March.”
He added: “Her greatest concern was to leave me,” he told WJHL.
The couple received the positive test result when they were preparing for the bus ride to the airport on Sunday morning.
The ship transported more than 3,700 passengers and crew from over 50 countries and territories when it docked in Yokohama Bay on February 5.
The number of confirmed cases and deaths continues to increase worldwide
An ambulance likely to transport an infected passenger from the Diamond Princess cruise ship will leave the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama on Sunday.
Passengers wave at the Diamond Princess cruise ship, while the ship’s passengers are being tested for corona virus, at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama
It was isolated after the authorities found that a passenger who got out in Hong Kong had tested positive for the virus during the trip.
Japanese officials continued to find new infections among passengers and crew and brought them to local hospitals, while others were told they were staying in their cabins during the 14-day quarantine period that ends on Wednesday.
Dr. Hopland blames a poorly managed quarantine in many of the ship’s 356 coronavirus cases.
“If we were removed days ago, Jeannie and many others would probably be much better off,” he said.
The couple’s son, Dr. Kenny Hopland told WJHL that he believes his parents were exposed to the corona virus by an infected ship worker who brought them food.
“A few days ago, the steward who had brought them food to their cabin tested positive for this virus,” he said.
“There is no doubt that they were exposed to the virus because they were forced to stay on the ship.”
The number of global coronavirus cases has risen beyond 70,000 while the number of deaths is more than 1,700.