The newlywed wife of a British coronavirus patient who was taken away from a cruise ship today during his honeymoon, said she had been “robbed” and “in ribbons.”
Wendy Marshall Steele, who married Alan Steele last month, said she did not know when she would see her husband after he tested positive for the virus aboard the Diamond Princess in Japan.
She wrote on Facebook from the quarantined cruise ship in Yokohama Bay and said that she could not take care of him despite being a nurse.
“They’ve just taken Alan. I’m in ribbons. He is healthy and has no symptoms, “she said. “I have no idea … if he gets sick, I can’t take care of him. Not just as a woman … but as a nurse.
“Sorry if this sounds emotional, but to take your husband away from you. I’m not sure how long it will take before I see him again.
‘In my working life my colleagues would say’ steel balls’, but not today. Counting down the days until I can laugh at stupid things with my husband again. ”
Mr. Steele, from Wolverhampton, said he had no symptoms of the virus yet and hopes that he may just be a “carrier” but is facing a long quarantine at the mainland hospital.
He becomes the second British citizen known to have the virus after a businessman who had recently returned from Singapore tested positive in Brighton yesterday.
Mr. Steele was one of the 41 people who found out they had the virus after 171 remaining test results returned Friday, tripling the total number of virus patients on the ship from 20 to 61.
The newly diagnosed also 21 Japanese nationals, as well as eight Americans, five Canadians, five Australians and an Argentinian.
Alan Steele (pictured with his new wife Wendy) was taken today from the Diamond Princess and sent to the mainland hospital after a positive test for the virus
Alan Steele (photo right) was divorced from his new wife Wendy (photo left aboard the cruise ship) and removed the Diamond Princess after learning his test results in Yokohama Bay today
A team of health workers in hazmat suits on the coast in Yokohama today, where the Japanese authorities said the number of coronavirus patients aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship had risen to 61
Today, health workers wearing protective suits carry bags to an ambulance near the Diamond Princess cruise ship that is anchored and quarantined near Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama
Health workers in protective clothing were still working in Yokohama Bay when darkness fell on Friday with the Diamond Princess in quarantine
A worker in a hazmat suit drives a forklift today to load supplies on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama
Masked passengers are seen today on the deck of the ship, where passengers in windowless inner cabins are only allowed briefly on open decks under strict conditions
A woman holds a Japanese flag that reads “drug shortage” on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, while another 41 people tested positive for the deadly corona virus on Friday
An official in a protective suit is anchored in the vicinity of the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama Port today
Japanese self-defense officials use canvas sails to cover the Diamond Princess cruise ship on Friday, while another 41 people tested positive for the deadly flu-like virus after 20 were taken to mainland hospitals earlier this week
The Diamond Princess cruise ship, with more than 3,700 people in quarantine aboard because of fear of the new corona virus, is seen anchored in the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in the port of Yokohama
Experts say that cruise ships are vulnerable to the spread of viruses
Cruise ships are vulnerable to the spread of viruses because of the large number of older passengers who are locked up and have paid large amounts of money for their vacation, experts say.
Professor William Keevil said that some passengers are not willing to report their symptoms to prevent an expensive vacation from being compromised.
The Southampton professor said keeping guests in their cabins was the ‘best option’ until the incubation period – estimated to be around 14 days – has passed.
Crews are well aware of the spread of illnesses on board, given that you can have hundreds or thousands of passengers for days or weeks in a relatively secluded, isolated environment, “he said.
“They trust the honesty of the passengers who declare that they are not feeling well or have had a recent illness on board the ship.
“The problem is that some potentially ill passengers, looking forward to their vacation and spending a lot of money, don’t want to miss out on board the ship.
‘Alternatively, someone can board the ship innocently without any symptoms that subsequently develop on board. They must state this immediately and isolate themselves. ”
It is not yet known exactly how the new coronavirus spreads, but similar viruses spread through droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
“Droplet outbreaks of diseases such as flu and norovirus are relatively common” on such vessels, said Prof. Paul Hunter of the University of East Anglia.
‘Cruise ships often have large numbers of passengers and crew, these people come from all over the world, and in any case, passengers are often elderly.
“Since many passengers spend a large part of their time indoors, people would expect droplets to spread like this [the new virus] to spread easily on board.
“Because passengers are spreading around the world, outbreaks on board such ships can increase the global spread of this current epidemic.”
The huge leap in virus cases has heightened the concern among the 2,600 passengers of the ship that they are being kept in the dark about the crisis.
An American passenger told a journalist that she was “scared … I don’t want to leave this ship in a box.”
Passengers who exhibit symptoms such as fever can now be tested extra, with the quarantine until 19 February.
Others have expressed concern about the declining medical supply, including a Japanese passenger holding a sign up from her balcony with a “lack of medicine” in Yokohama Bay today.
Japan ordered the ship in quarantine after an 80-year-old former passenger who left the ship in Hong Kong last month turned out to have the virus, which killed more than 630 people.
All 3,711 people on board were screened for the virus and 273 of them were selected for further testing because they either showed symptoms, got out in Hong Kong, or had been in contact with the 80-year-old.
On Wednesday and Thursday, the Japanese authorities announced that the first batch of 102 test results had yielded 20 positive results.
Health Minister Katsunobu Kato told reporters today that the remaining 171 test results had shown 41 cases of coronavirus, testing the total on 61 out of 273.
“Today they are being sent to hospitals in various prefectures, and we are now preparing for that,” said the health minister.
Passengers would be taken to medical facilities in Tokyo and the nearby Saitama Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures, as well as the Shizuoka prefecture in central Japan.
Mr. Steele later revealed himself on Facebook as one of the virus patients and said: ‘To let you all know that I have been diagnosed with the virus and sent to the hospital.
‘I would also like to say that I am not showing any symptoms at the moment, so possibly a carrier. I’ll let you know how I’m doing if that’s possible. ”
A neighbor, 72-year-old Veronica Richards, said today that Mrs. Steele was a nursing home worker and one of her who had married Mr. Steele after divorcing her previous husband.
“This will give her something to talk about,” she said
“I knew she was on a honeymoon and was expecting her every moment. She is a beautiful woman and she always has a bit of drama in her life.
“I didn’t meet him [Alan] good and I hope he gets over it when I do that. I don’t need that Coronavirus, I have enough on my plate with my hip. ”
The 20 people who have previously been diagnosed with the virus have already been removed from the vessel by health professionals in protective suits and taken to hospitals on the mainland.
One of them is in serious condition, an official from the Ministry of Health said, without providing any further details.
The coronavirus tests can now be extended to further passengers who are “susceptible to illness, including the elderly and people with other conditions,” the health minister said.
In addition, passengers who have been in close contact with the 61 virus patients may also be subjected to further tests to limit the spread of the virus.
A Japanese Foreign Ministry official said today that quarantine would end on February 19, more than two weeks after the ship arrived in Japan.
The official also rejected fears that the virus could spread through the ship’s ventilation system.
Tour operator Princess Cruises confirmed the end date of 19 February, except for ‘unforeseen developments’.
Medical staff dressed in protective equipment prepares to take care of suspected corona virus patients aboard the cruise ship
Passengers are standing on their balconies on board the ship today, some of them wearing face masks and warm coats
Medical personnel in hazmat suits walk past ambulances on the dock in Yokohama where they help the Diamond Princess
Officials in protective suits are driving an ambulance near the cruise ship today after another 41 coronavirus cases have been confirmed
Passengers aboard the quarantined ship are looking forward to the media in the port of Yokohama from their balcony today
One passenger waves a face mask from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where another 10 people were tested positive for corona virus on Thursday, as it was anchored at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan on Friday.
A self-defense officer in Japan wearing a face mask is seen next to the Diamond Princess cruise ship while the ship was ready for replenishment
Today, health workers worked on the coast dressed in white hazmat suits, complete with face masks and helmets.
A retractable passage with a white tent was driven to a door on the side of the huge cruise ship, apparently to protect the identity of people evacuated from the boat.
As the ship docked, passengers were told to stay on board, even though they tested negative for the virus, on their balconies, some waved to assembled media, or took photos.
People on board have described confusion and boredom after being locked in their cabin and even forbidden to walk down the corridors following the decision of the Japanese authorities to quarantine the ship.
Passengers in inside cabins without windows may only briefly sit on open decks, under strict conditions, including wearing a mask at all times.
“The quarantine officers require that you do not meet in large groups and separate at least one meter from each other when you talk,” the ship’s captain said in an announcement on Friday morning.
“We require that you wear as little warm clothing, a hat and a scarf as possible,” he added.
Experts say that cruise ships are particularly vulnerable because of the large number of passengers, including many elderly people, in a confined space.
The ship has anchored much of its time in Yokohama Bay, where forklift drivers in hazmat suits have helped to load supplies onto the ship.
It has also returned to the open sea to collect seawater, which can be converted for use in showers and drinking water.
This morning the British David Abel, who is with wife Sally, said: ‘My biggest concern now is to let the captain and the crew know that we want to know what’s going on. We do not want second-hand news, we do not want rumors, we want to know exactly what is going on ‘
A man with protective clothing is seen in the harbor where cruise ship Diamond Princess is preparing for further deliveries to be delivered this morning
Olivia Capodicasa (photo) was on the last night of her cruise with her grandmother when the ship was closed
The British passenger David Abel, who is traveling with his wife Sally, today expressed anger that passengers heard news from the media and said to the captain: “We do not want second-hand news, we want to know exactly what is going on. ”
He said today: “We have not had our temperatures, we have not asked any more questions … that has not happened for days, so how can medical people follow the health situation of 3,600 passengers on board? So this is what needs to be answered. “
He also expressed concern that, together with the dozens of other Britons on board, he could be quarantined again when they arrive.
The British government quarantined 93 people in the Wirral after they had flown them back from Wuhan, the Chinese city in the middle of the outbreak.
“It would be really good if the Home Office put something on the news.” Mr. Abel added. “It would certainly put the British spirit at ease.”
There are 78 people with British passports aboard the ship, including crew members, but there are currently no plans to fly someone back to the UK.
The coronavirus epidemic has so far claimed 630 lives and infected more than 28,000 people in 28 countries and territories around the world – but 99 percent of infections have occurred in China
For breakfast, the quarantined cruisers received yesterday a measly fruit salad, pastries (both sweet and savory), a Fru Fru yogurt and a glass of apple juice
Health workers in protective suits made their billboards on Wednesday while passengers diagnosed with the virus are being moved
Protective clothing officers carry luggage after people transferred from the Diamond Princess cruise ship when the first 10 people were dropped off, another 10 confirmed to have the virus on Thursday and another 41 on Friday
The American lawyer Matt Smith (57) and his wife Katherine have a suite with a private balcony, but said the quarantine was “a hard pill to swallow.”
“My thought is, the greater the number they diagnose on the ship, the greater the chance that they will find a reason to expand quarantine,” he said.
Among the stranded on board are also 233 Australians, including Olivia Capodicasa, from Melbourne, who was with her grandmother on the last night of her cruise when the ship was closed.
She described the circumstances as “hell” and said she had watched films to pass the time.
“It took 24 hours here,” she said to Sunrise on Thursday morning. “I think it is really starting to hit me now that this is the reality and I am not going home soon.”
Passengers discovered the new infections via the internet before they were announced on the ship, said a 43-year-old resident of Hong Kong who is on the ship with his family.
A separate cruise ship, the World Dream, is being quarantined in Hong Kong after eight former passengers tested positive for the virus.
The 3,600 passengers of the ship are confronted with a third night, but the circumstances are less severe and there are no confirmed virus cases on board.
In addition, more than 2,000 people were stranded aboard the MS Westerdam after Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and Guam had refused entry.
Japanese leader Shinzo Abe said yesterday that his country would not allow foreign passengers to disembark, and said there were suspected virus patients on board.
However, cruise operator Holland America said last night that “the ship is not in quarantine and that there are no known cases of coronavirus on board.”
An ambulance and Japan Coast Guard members in protective clothing are preparing for the arrival of infected passengers aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, in Yokohama harbor on Wednesday, when another ten went to hospitals on mainland Japan removed
Although some 3,700 passengers on the ship complained about “prison” quarantine conditions, they saw on Thursday the galleries of the colossal ship within arm’s reach of their neighbors
Japan has now confirmed 25 cases of the new corona virus – excluding the cruise ship infections – including civilians returning from Wuhan, the Chinese city in the middle of the outbreak.
Tokyo has evacuated more than 500 Japanese citizens from Wuhan and has received some criticism due to the relatively loose quarantine approach.
There have been several cases of apparent person-to-person transmission in Japan, including a guide and bus driver who contracted the virus after coming in contact with visitors from Wuhan.
Neither of them had visited China in recent months.
The coronavirus epidemic has so far claimed more than 630 lives and infected more than 28,000 people in 28 countries and territories around the world, although only 99 percent of mainland infections have occurred.
The outbreak prompted the World Health Organization to declare a global health emergency, various governments to impose travel restrictions and airlines to suspend flights to and from China.
Researchers suspect that the virus originated at the end of last year from a Wuhan market that sells exotic animals.
Older man from Hong Kong may have brought coronavirus aboard the Diamond Princess in Japan
The Diamond Princess cruise ship was locked up after an 80-year-old passenger who spent five days on the ocean liner tested positive for corona virus – fearing he had brought the virus on board.
He boarded the ship in Yokohama on January 20 after flying to Japan and took part in a bus trip in Kagoshima, Japan two days later.
The older passenger then sailed to Hong Kong, where he left on January 25.
A card with the journey of the Diamond Princess since January 20. Bij (1) in Yokohama stapte een 80-jarige passagier op het schip. Twee dagen later op (2) in Kagoshima nam hij deel aan een bustocht met medepassagiers. Hij vertrok in Hong Kong (3) voordat het schip naar Vietnam (4 en 5) ging voordat hij op 31 januari in Taiwan (6) stopte. Het is onduidelijk hoeveel passagiers het schip daar hebben verlaten. De cruiseschip voer vervolgens naar Okinawa (7) voordat hij terugkeerde naar Yokohama (1) waar hij in quarantaine werd geplaatst
In zijn vijf dagen op de cruiseschip meldde hij geen problemen aan de boordmedicijnen van het schip, maar zes dagen na zijn vertrek ging hij naar het ziekenhuis in Hong Kong.
Op 1 februari testte hij positief voor coronavirus, en vroeg de Japanse autoriteiten de toegang tot het schip te weigeren en meer dan 3.700 mensen te screenen op het virus toen het schip op 3 februari terugkeerde naar Yokohama.
Het blijft onduidelijk of hij de ‘patiënt nul’ van het cruiseschip was die het virus op andere passagiers heeft overgedragen.
Maar gasten, die met hem in contact waren, behoorden tot de 273 die werden geselecteerd voor testen en 61 testten positief.
Een team van gezondheidswerkers in hazmat-pakken aan de kust in Yokohama vandaag, waar de Japanse autoriteiten zeiden dat het aantal coronaviruspatiënten aan boord van het Diamond Princess-cruiseschip was gestegen naar 61
Van de 36 passagiers in contact met de Japanse media, zijn de eerste tien positief getest.
Princess Cruises zei dat geen van zijn familieleden die met hem reisden symptomen van het virus vertoonden.
Er wordt ook gedacht dat het virus ergens anders aan boord had kunnen worden gebracht omdat een Amerikaans echtpaar, Clyde en Renee Smith, zeiden dat ze op een busreis waren geweest met de man in Kagoshima en beide negatief testten.
‘Terwijl hij op het schip was, heeft hij het medisch centrum van het schip niet bezocht om symptomen of ziekte te melden,’ zei de cruise-operator eerder deze week tegen passagiers.
Gezondheidswerkers die beschermende pakken dragen, dragen vandaag tassen naar een ambulance in de buurt van het cruiseschip Diamond Princess, dat is verankerd en in quarantaine wordt gehouden in de buurt van Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama
After he left the ship, it sailed to Vietnam and then to Taiwan on January 31 where 16 cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed.
It was unclear how many left the vessel at the port of Keelung, sparking an alternative theory that the virus could have been transmitted there, according to Taiwanese media.
At the port of Yokohama, Japanese authorities immediately quarantined the ship while the 2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew members were screened for the virus.
Sixty-one people found to have been infected with the virus have been moved to hospitals on the Japanese mainland to be kept in quarantine.
Remaining passengers face nearly two more weeks in lockdown, with the quarantine set to continue until February 19.
The ship, which has been anchored in Yokohama Bay, is particularly vulnerable because of the large number of older passengers in a confined space, say experts.