Australians stranded aboard the Diamond Princess will be evacuated immediately from the ship by the government
- 208 Australians stranded on the coronavirus-affected ship will be evacuated
- Diamond Princess cruise ship is in quarantine in Japan until Wednesday
- The Australian government said the evacuated 14 days would remain in quarantine
- Australians on board are flown to the Howard Springs facility near Darwin
Hundreds of Australians stranded on coronavirus-affected Diamond Princess cruise ship will be evacuated by the government this week.
208 Australians are among the more than 3,600 people stuck on the boat, which is in quarantine in Yokohama in Japan.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed on Monday that those evacuated would be flown back to Australia on Wednesday and placed in quarantine near Darwin for 14 days.
Australians are evacuated from the Diamond Princess coronavirus on Wednesday
It was previously confirmed that the deadly corona virus was diagnosed on the cruise ship of four Australians.
355 coronavirus cases have now been reported on the boat, including 15 Australians.
Morrison said he could understand the frustration of Australian Diamond Princess passengers who will be quarantined above those imposed on them by the Japanese authorities.
“I understand that those on board will feel very frustrated about this, as well as their relatives,” he said.
There are currently 174 cases of coronavirus on the boat, including 15 Australians. Pictured: medical personnel in the ship
“I’m very frustrated about it. But our primary responsibility is to protect the health and safety of Australians in Australia today. ”
Brendan Murphy, Australian Government Chief Medical Officer, said the growing number of reported cases on the ship meant that the extra quarantine period was vital to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
The Diamond Princess has been called a ‘floating prison’ by those on board, with passengers trapped on the ship until the quarantine period ends on Wednesday.
Olivia Capodicasa is one of the Australian passengers in quarantine and revealed what the circumstances are for those who are stranded on board.
“People with cabins that have no light, or windows or a balcony, have priority,” she said sunrise.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed on Monday that the evacuated 14 days would be quarantined in an evacuation facility in Howard Springs in Darwin (pictured when the site was a mining camp)
The Australian Olivia Capodicasa said she is in a cabin without windows and is only allowed outside for movement and fresh air
“When we get there, we have to wear our masks, our gloves, and all protective clothing. We can just walk around and breathe in the fresh air. I did a few sprints because I just wanted to die. ”
She said she was optimistic despite her worldly environment.
“I think that’s the only way to think if you are locked up in a room,” she said.
Quarantined Australian passenger Claire Hedger posted an Instagram update on Wednesday afternoon and thanked the staff for their tireless help on the ship.