Bianca D’Silva, from Melbourne, will spend her 21st birthday in quarantine in a Japanese hospital after a positive test for the virus aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship on February 5
An Australian tourist who has hit the deadly corona virus in Japan has asked the government to bring her home and compared her symptoms to the common cold.
Bianca D’Silva, from Melbourne, will spend her 21st birthday in a Japanese hospital after a positive test for the virus on February 5 aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where she wanted to celebrate her milestone.
The law student is one of 11 Australian passengers who get a corona virus aboard the ‘floating prison’, which is moored in Yokohama, south of Tokyo.
More than 3,700 passengers, including about 200 Australians, remain stranded on the ship.
Mrs. D’Silva, her parents and 14-year-old brother were forced to disembark the ship and to quarantine two hours later in the hospital.
Speak against Nine news via Skype from her hospital room, Mrs. D’Silva said the ordeal was “terrifying.”
“They told me that my father and mother could not come with me. So my father and mother fought for at least one of them to come with me, because I honestly don’t think I could have gone where we are, “she said.
Mrs. D’Silva has to move in the hospital in a wheelchair with a portable oxygen tank in a plastic box (photo)
Mrs. D’Silva said she was starting to feel sick while all passengers were locked up in their cabins for a week during the outbreak
“I just want to come home … the doctors have been nice, but they don’t speak much English.”
Mrs. D’Silva said she began to feel sick while all passengers were locked up in their cabins for a week during the outbreak.
“I got a lot of headache at first, when I was told that we were in quarantine, I started getting hot with fever,” she said.
“But otherwise I feel good … it just feels like I have a cold.”
The family is separated in their own small hospital rooms with their own bathroom, and can only have minimal face-to-face contact with each other.
Mrs. D’Silva has to move in the hospital in a wheelchair with a portable oxygen tank in a plastic box.
The law student is one of 11 Australian passengers who get a corona virus aboard the ‘floating prison’, which is moored in Yokohama, south of Tokyo
The family is separated from each other in their own small hospital rooms with their own bathroom, and can only have minimal personal contact with each other
The 21-year-old claimed that her family had been abandoned and had hardly received any information from authorities about returning to Australia.
“Nobody said a word, my parents emailed them that they have nothing in return,” she said.
Her grandfather, Peter, said she was taken off the ship with her parents and younger brother and was transported from the port to a hospital for about two hours.
“My granddaughter Bianca, who is 21 years old, tested positive and now she is in the hospital and my three other family members are all in isolation there,” he told 3AW radio on Wednesday.
Peter said that the Australians on board have not heard from the government since they were placed in quarantine.
“These people are in the dark and nobody cares,” he said.
“It seems that way because we have had no contact with the government in any way.”
Peter said the family had a mental as well as a physical problem because they were trapped in their huts prior to diagnosis.
“They were locked in these two small rooms, maybe 3×3, without any access to clean air or anything,” he said.
Authorities have yet to confirm the case, while Princess Cruises said 11 Australians were aboard.
The 21-year-old law student claimed that her family had been abandoned and had hardly received any information from authorities about returning to Australia.
“We are following the guidelines of the Japanese Ministry of Health on plans for disembarkation protocols to provide medical care for these new cases,” it said.
“Because it is early in the 14-day quarantine period, it was not unexpected that additional cases would be reported with people exposed before the start of quarantine.”
The end date of the quarantine remains February 19 unless there are unforeseen developments.
Princess Cruises has confirmed that all guests on board the cruise will be reimbursed their fare, including air travel, hotel, ground transportation and other costs.
There are 44,754 confirmed cases of the virus worldwide and 1112 deaths.
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 UNSW student, flew the 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 60s who arrived in Adelaide from Wuhan to visit relatives have been confirmed to have a corona virus.
- 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.
- Four Australians are among the 65 newly confirmed coronavirus cases aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama.