Australian passengers trapped on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship were able to endure a long period of quarantine on their return to the country to ensure that they are free from the deadly corona virus.
After being detained for more than two weeks in their cabins on board the ship, which is moored at the Japanese port of Yokohama, American passengers were told in an email that they were still detained for 14 days after returning home.
Australia was probably supposed to enforce quarantine for its civilians evacuated from the ship, with a decision to be taken later Monday.
The number of infected passengers continues to grow, with an additional 70 cases reported on Monday, bringing the total to 356.
The frustration among passengers increased as their bills started to rise, while their ability to live normally again was faced with further delays.
US passengers trapped on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship (see photo) that was crashed with the deadly corona virus were left fuming after receiving an email with details of their evacuation plan
After being stuck in their cabins on board the ship for more than two weeks, moored in the Japanese port city of Yokohama, American passengers (shown as escorted from the ship) were told that they could still be locked for 14 days in lock down
Medical staff wearing protective clothing can be seen at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal on Sunday, where the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow
“It’s like imprisonment for something I didn’t do,” said Karey Mansicalco, owner of a property company in Utah, CNN.
“They hold us hostage for no reason.”
She called the extra quarantine period “financially devastating” and believes it will cost her more than $ 50,000.
Others have expressed concern about the evacuation process, fearing that they will share flights with those who are infected.
“Instead, the US government wants to eliminate us without testing, fly us back to the US with a bunch of other untested people, and then keep us in quarantine for 2 more weeks? How does that actually save? “The American passenger Matthew Smith tweeted.
American passengers wave at reporters as they leave the Daikaku Pier Cruise Terminal in the port of Yokohama, next to the Diamond Princess cruise ship
An ambulance is seen at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal while thousands remain imprisoned in the Diamond Princess cruise ship
Symptoms of the virus are fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF THE CORONAVIRUS?
Once someone has contracted the virus, it can take two to 14 days before they show symptoms.
If and when they do, typical signs are:
- a looped nose
- a cough
- sore throat
- fever (high temperature)
The vast majority of patients – at least 97 percent based on available data – will recover without problems or medical assistance.
In a small group of patients, who appear to be mostly elderly or people with long-term illnesses, this can lead to pneumonia.
Pneumonia is an infection in which the inside of the lungs swells and fills with fluid. It makes it increasingly difficult to breathe and, if not treated, can be fatal and suffocate.
Those who choose not to board the chartered flight must stay in Japan for two weeks before going home.
Australians aboard the ‘nightmare ship’ are still waiting for the Morrison government to determine a plan.
The government is waiting for a report from an Australian infectious disease expert who is assessing the situation on board the ship in Japan.
Federal cabinet minister Dan Tehan said the expert’s report would be completed on Monday.
Mr. Tehan said that the government would consider quarantining evacuees on Australian soil, despite the fact that cruise ship passengers have been in prison for a long time.
“If they had to go to quarantine, there would be a facility that they could go to for two weeks,” he said.
“We take the lead employee’s guidance on what the best available action is to keep Australians safe.”
The Australians on board must pass a coronavirus test before they can be brought home, and the elderly are given priority in the evacuation.
Another 70 people on board the quarantined ship are infected with the deadly corona virus, the Japanese Health Minister announced Monday morning, bringing the total of confirmed cases on board the ship to 356.
Those who tested positive for the virus are treated in Japan.
Australians aboard the ‘nightmare ship’ are still waiting for the Morrison government to determine a plan
In the meantime, more than 200 Australians who have also been evacuated from Hubei province in China and who have been quarantined for two weeks are expected to go home on Christmas Island Monday.
Of the 15 coronavirus cases in Australia, six have been erased and the remaining nine are all stable.
In China, the total number of people infected by the virus has risen to more than 68,500, with the number now dead at 1665.
AUSTRALIA WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
NEW SOUTH WALES: 4
- Three men, 43, 53 and 35 years old who had recently traveled to China, have confirmed that they have contracted the disease.
- Two flew in from Wuhan, while the other arrived in Sydney from Shenzhen, South China.
- They are treated in isolation at Westmead Hospital and are in a stable condition.
- A 21-year-old woman is identified as the fourth person who tested positive for the disease in NSW.
- The woman, a student at UNSW, flew on flight MU749 to Sydney International Airport on January 23 and presented to the emergency department 24 hours later after developing flu-like symptoms.
- She is treated in isolation at Westmead Hospital.
- A Chinese citizen aged fifty will be the first confirmed case of the corona virus in Australia.
- The man flew from Wuhan via Guangzhou to Melbourne on January 19 on the Southern Southern flight CZ321.
- He is now in quarantine at the Monash Hospital in Clayton in the east of Melbourne.
- A Victorian man in his sixties is diagnosed with the corona virus.
- He became unwell on January 23 – two days after his return from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.
- The man was confirmed as positive on January 29 and was subsequently seen by doctors at the Monash Medical Center. He was rated good enough to stay at home.
- A woman in her forties has a corona virus.
- She was visiting from China and mainly spent time with her family.
- She is being treated at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
- A woman in her twenties in Melbourne appears to have the virus
QUEEN COUNTRY: 5
- Queensland confirms its first case after a 44-year-old Chinese subject was diagnosed with the virus.
- He is being treated at the Gold Coast University Hospital.
- A 42-year-old Chinese woman who traveled in the same Wuhan travel group as the 44-year-old man tested positive. She is in stable condition at the Gold Coast University Hospital.
- The corona virus has been diagnosed in an eight-year-old boy. He also comes from the travel group where the other Queensland cases came from
- The case was found in a 37-year-old man who was a member of a group of nine Chinese tourists in quarantine on the Gold Coast
- A 37-year-old woman was diagnosed with the corona virus of the same travel group that flew from Melbourne to Queensland on January 27
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: 2
- A Chinese couple in their sixties who arrived in Adelaide from Wuhan to visit relatives confirmed that they have coronavirus.
- It has been confirmed that two Australians have the virus in Wuhan itself. Australia has increased the travel alarm level to ‘not traveling’ for the city of Wuhan – the epicenter of the outbreak – and for the entire Hubei province.
- Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy says that unless people are in contact with someone who doesn’t feel well and comes from that part of China, there is no cause for concern.
- From 15 February, 15 Australians are among the 219 confirmed coronavirus cases contracted aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama.