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Sport Diamond Princess cruise ship saxophonist caught in coronavirus quarantine

12:25  18 february  2020
12:25  18 february  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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a man standing in front of a building: Nick Russoniello says he has not yet been tested for coronavirus. (Supplied: Nick Russoniello)© Provided by ABC Health Nick Russoniello says he has not yet been tested for coronavirus. (Supplied: Nick Russoniello)

Nick Russoniello only boarded the Diamond Princess cruise ship to play two gigs, but found himself trapped amid a novel coronavirus outbreak after passengers on board tested positive.

The Sydney-based saxophone player told the ABC he was still yet to be tested for the virus, despite being under quarantine for 14 days.

"Oh my god, I've been waiting and hassling and waiting," he told The World Today.

Mr Russoniello is one of more than 200 Australians on board the Diamond Princess, but unlike the others he was not classified as a passenger and has instead been staying in the crew area of the ship.

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Another 41 people on a cruise ship off the coast of Japan have tested positive for the new coronavirus , bringing the total number of cases on board to 61. Some 3,700 people are on board the Diamond Princess , which is quarantined in Yokohama for at least two weeks.

"They put us under quarantine but they didn't really lock down the ship, so you've got a thousand crew members running around the ship, who hadn't been tested," he said.

"Still a lot of them haven't been tested."

Virus was bound to spread

Mr Russoniello appreciated the hard work of the crew, but said it was obvious to him when the quarantine began that the virus would spread.

"Everyone has been busting their guts to get it to work, but when you've got that many people who haven't been tested, it's very obvious to me that this was just not going to work."

He said there was now an outbreak of coronavirus among some of the crew and although he felt good at the moment, he was worried about whether he might contract the virus.

"I have to go out to get meals, to the officers' mess, whereas the passengers have had their meals brought to them," he said.

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Cheryl and Paul Molesky give an inside look at how they spend their days while quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship due to the coronavirus .

Australians preparing to be evacuated

Mr Russoniello expects to be included in an evacuation flight, which will take Australians to Darwin where they will be quarantined for an additional 14 days.

"I'm looking at doing 28 days but I still haven't been tested for this virus," he said.

"I'm assuming the Australians will test me before we take that flight this afternoon or tomorrow or whenever."

He was excited at the prospect of returning to Australia and being quarantined there and hoped there would be some clarity about when his time under quarantine would end.

"I think in Darwin there will be a definite end date in sight, I think we'll be out on March 4," he said.

Mr Russoniello said he had no way of foreseeing what happened when he boarded the Diamond Princess on January 27 to perform two sets, and that he unfortunately had to cancel gigs and lessons with music students as the situation unfolded.

"It was an easy gig, a little bit of a holiday until all my regular work kicked off," he said.

"But who knew it was going to explode like this?"

More than 260 evacuees released from Darwin quarantine facility .
More than 260 Australians evacuated from the coronavirus epicenter and placed in a Darwin quarantine centre have been released and reunited with friends and family. Among those released from the Howard Springs facility were 77 children and 11 babies.More than 160 passengers rescued from the Diamond Princess cruise ship will remain in the Darwin quarantine facility for monitoring as a seventh passenger tested positive to the disease. The seven Australians who contracted the coronavirus have been taken to their home states for treatment and quarantine.

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