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Canada Princess Diamond quarantine has backfired, McGill expert says

23:55  14 february  2020
23:55  14 february  2020 Source:   montrealgazette.com

Canadians already quarantined on cruise ship in Japan to be isolated for another 2 weeks at home

  Canadians already quarantined on cruise ship in Japan to be isolated for another 2 weeks at home Canadians on board a cruise ship currently under quarantine in Japanese waters have been provided an escape route, after the Canadian government announced it plans to bring them home due to the “extraordinary circumstances” faced by passengers.But the offer comes with a catch — those evacuated from the Diamond Princess will have to spend another two weeks in isolation on Canadian soil to make sure that they don't carry the coronavirus that is currently spreading through Asia.

Experts say the Diamond Princess may be only the beginning of Japan’s challenges with the coronavirus. “Probably it’s a tiny portion of our problem in Japan,” said Hitoshi Oshitani, a professor of virology at Tohoku University. “If we have a few hundred cases in Japan and there are probably

Everyone on board the Diamond Princess had received initial health screening, Kato said , a process that identified Carnival's Princess Cruises Japan said on Tuesday that cruises scheduled to depart from An empty casino on the Diamond Princess cruise ship that has been quarantined in Japan.

a group of people standing in front of a window: TOPSHOT - A passengers is seen on a balcony of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, with around 3,600 people quarantined onboard due to fears of the new coronavirus, at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama port on February 14, 2020. - The Diamond Princess cruise ship off Yokohama has become the single largest cluster of cases outside China, with at least 218 testing positive for the COVID-19 virus and taken to medical facilities.© CHARLY TRIBALLEAU TOPSHOT - A passengers is seen on a balcony of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, with around 3,600 people quarantined onboard due to fears of the new coronavirus, at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama port on February 14, 2020. - The Diamond Princess cruise ship off Yokohama has become the single largest cluster of cases outside China, with at least 218 testing positive for the COVID-19 virus and taken to medical facilities.

A McGill University expert on viruses is warning that the decision to quarantine passengers aboard the Diamond Princess — including a Montreal couple — has probably backfired, and is recommending that those Canadians returning home should likely be quarantined again.

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A quarantine officer on the Diamond Princess cruise ship fell sick with the Wuhan coronavirus they were trying to help control, AFP reported. In China many medics have fallen sick, and at least one has died from the virus. AFP said four hospitalized people were in critical condition and are either in

Crew members aboard the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship are not being quarantined and are tasked to continue working to take care of the To date, a total of 175 people aboard the Diamond Princess have become infected. But while those confirmed to have the virus have been sent to local

To date, 218 people on the luxury line r have fallen ill from the coronavirus in less than two weeks, not counting a fire department officer who escorted an infected passenger off the ship. That firefighter tested positive for the virus Friday despite the fact that he was wearing a mask and googles.

Dr. Anne Gatignol , a microbiologist who has studied virus-cell interactions, had urged Quebec to require that Canadians returning from China self-quarantine for 14 days upon their return to the province. A week later, Quebec followed her advice .

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The Diamond Princess has been stuck in the Yokohama harbor since Feb. 3, after the cruise company learned a passenger from Hong Kong had tested positive Health officials say one quarantine officer has also tested positive for the disease, the Times reported. With nearly 6% of the 3,711 passengers

Another 44 people aboard a cruise ship that has been quarantined for over a week in Japan's Yokohama harbor tested positive for coronavirus Thursday, Japanese health officials said . This brings the total number of infections on board the Diamond Princess to 218, which is the highest number of

This time, Gatignol is urging that 255 Canadians on the Diamond Princess do the same when they return to the country.

“From a virologist’s perspective, a cruise ship with a large number of persons on board is more an incubator for viruses rather than a good place for quarantine,” Gatignol said on Friday.

The ship is the second most contagious spot on the planet for coronavirus, after China, according to epidemiological data.

“It is likely that the number of infections will continue to rise, although I cannot exclude that it could decrease within the next days,” Gatignol said.

“We just don’t know. Several other viral infections on cruise ships have been reported in recent years. They were mainly norovirus infections giving gastroenteritis and they affected many people on each ship. Although the mode of transmission is different, I tend to believe that the number of infections will increase unless more and more people are disembarked, either on Japanese soil or repatriated.”

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While the quarantine slapped on the Diamond Princess was meant to contain the virus, the conditions facing the crew could end up doing the opposite and help spread the illness, disease experts say . At least 10 crew members have been infected, with five cases announced on Sunday and five more on

The Diamond Princess cruise ship sits docked at Daikoku Pier in Japan. “We can be taken in quarantine , and extracted in quarantine and arrive in the United States safely,” she said . “We are not sick at the moment but there is a major concern that circulating air on this ship can make people sick.”

Stung by criticism that it has mishandled the quarantine, the Japanese government began on Friday to transfer passengers who tested positive who are 80 and older, as well as those in windowless cabins, to a medical facility ashore. It is also offering healthy passengers the option of finishing out their quarantine in housing units on land.

“It is probably very difficult for Japanese authorities to find a quarantine space on land for 3,500 passengers,” Gatignol explained.

“This is why each government who has citizens on board should take appropriate measures to bring their citizens back home to continue the quarantine in their respective countries. As the Trenton (Canadian Forces) base will soon be freed from the people repatriated from Wuhan, our government should take measures to bring back the Canadians from the Diamond Princess to the same place (or another one) using a similar protocol.”

Officials with Global Affairs Canada were not immediately available for comment.

Bryan Doyle and Lucie Mauro, the Montreal couple who have shared their experiences aboard the Diamond Princess with the Montreal Gazette , are upset with Canadian authorities for not responding to their questions about what’s to come for them. The Japanese government has set Feb. 19 as the end date for the quarantine.

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The Diamond Princess was placed in quarantine for two weeks upon arriving in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on February 3, after a man who disembarked Another 39 people have tested positive for the coronavirus on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan as well as one quarantine

The Diamond Princess cruise ship has been quarantined in Japan's Yokohama harbor for a week, and the number of coronavirus cases on board has Our neighbors across the hall were saying in the beginning that they were hungry because the meals weren't coming on time. The man next to us has

“I wish the government of Canada would give us the info we really need and stop regurgitating the same useless crap,” Doyle said by email. “All they say is (they) will help in getting medication. That has been taken care of long ago. They also say they will help in contacting friends and family. I think 99.9999 per cent of Canadians figured out how to do that long ago as well.”

Doyle has a number of questions, including whether Ottawa foresees Canadian passengers being allowed to come home Feb. 19.

“What happens when we get back?” he asked. “Can we go home? I hope and pray that after 14 symptom-free days in quarantine, we will be free to go home. I do not want to be subjected to another quarantine in Canada. My head would explode!”

On Thursday, Doyle recalled, “cabin fever set in pretty bad … so we opted to go out on deck for one hour. It was nice to get out but depressing to come back in.”

Passengers and crew have used Twitter extensively to communicate with the outside world and show how they’re coping. On Friday, Valentine’s Day, the kitchen crew tweeted a video of them dancing to Justin Beiber’s hit tune Yummy.

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Diamond Princess is the second-most contagious coronavirus spot after China .
Apart from China — where nearly 60,000 people have fallen ill from the novel coronavirus — the second-most contagious spot on the planet appears to be aboard the Diamond Princess, an analysis of epidemiological data reveals. Outside mainland China, authorities have reported more than 540 coronavirus infections in countries and territories around the world. However, less than half of those infections, 218, have occurred in a single location: the cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan. Next on the list are Hong Kong and Singapore, each reporting 50 cases.

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