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US News 'Captive' Briton on coronavirus cruise liner quarantined off of Japan says tourists' poor hygiene is making things worse and passengers have been told to avoid public toilets

17:52  04 february  2020
17:52  04 february  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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'Captive' Briton on coronavirus cruise liner quarantined off of Japan says tourists' poor hygiene is making things worse and passengers have been told to avoid public toilets © Daily Mail 'Captive' Briton on coronavirus cruise liner quarantined off of Japan says tourists' poor hygiene is making things worse and passengers have been told to avoid public toilets A Briton on board on a cruise ship which has been quarantined in Japan over coronavirus fears has today accused some of his shipmates of increasing the risk of infection with poor personal hygiene.  

David Abel said passengers had 'no idea' when the quarantine would end as he and 3,710 others were left in limbo in Yokohama Bay today. 

Mr Abel said the crew of the Diamond Princess had imposed strict hygiene measures with tourists warned to avoid public toilets - but claimed that some of his fellow passengers 'don't give a damn about personal health'. 

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The Diamond Princess cruise ship has been quarantined off the coast of Yokohama, near Tokyo, since Tuesday, after a former passenger tested positive for the coronavirus . There are more than 3,700 people on board, including 2,600 passengers , of whom 428 are American.

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a man and a woman standing in a room: A man in protective clothing walks on the sixth deck of the Diamond Princess today where quarantine specialists are carrying out tests © Provided by Daily Mail A man in protective clothing walks on the sixth deck of the Diamond Princess today where quarantine specialists are carrying out tests Japan ordered the ship into quarantine after an 80-year-old passenger who left the ship in Hong Kong on January 25 tested positive for coronavirus. 

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Medics in hazmat suits were today going deck-to-deck to test for the virus, which has killed more than 400 people in China. 

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The planned 14-day cruise has been abandoned but passengers do not yet know when they will be able to disembark - leaving them unable to book flights home.    

'Nobody is able to book onward flights as we have no idea when the quarantine will clear,' said Mr Abel, who described himself as a 'captive' on the ship. 

'The whole ship is in quarantine, we are in the middle of the bay, anchored, so nobody can get on or off this ship. 

'My guess is we are going to be here throughout the whole of the day and the night.'

a large ship in a body of water: Medics today went deck-to-deck through the Diamond Princess to test for the virus © Provided by Daily Mail Medics today went deck-to-deck through the Diamond Princess to test for the virus

Praising the crew, he said staff had imposed stringent hygiene measures under which passengers had to wash their hands in sight of a staff member before eating. 

'Staff are constantly cleaning and sanitizing public areas such as handrails and door handles. Passengers are requested not to use public toilets unless in emergency,' he said.   

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However, Mr Abel also accused some of his fellow passengers of increasing the risk of infection with poor personal hygiene. 

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'Some of the passengers on board just don't give a damn about personal health,' he said.  

In one case, a Western tourist had blown his nose on a napkin and left it on a dinner table where waiters carrying food were likely to touch it, he said. 

It is not yet known exactly how the virus spreads.   

a large ship in the background: The Diamond Princess off Daikoku Pier in Yokohama last night where it is expected to remain for at least another 24 hours © Provided by Daily Mail The Diamond Princess off Daikoku Pier in Yokohama last night where it is expected to remain for at least another 24 hours

Describing the medical tests, Mr Abel said: 'We've had the medical guys come into our stateroom and it's taken all night, from midnight to 10am, for them to do four of the decks and there are 14 in total. 

'They came in, took our temperature, asked three questions - have we got a cough, have we got a fever, do we take medication to lower temperature.'  

Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the ship had already been quarantined on Saturday at the port of Naha, but the unnamed 80-year-old man's diagnosis has now forced further checks. 

None of the passengers or 1,045 crew showed any symptoms during Saturday's tests, a health ministry official said. 

However, officials now say that eight people on the vessel have symptoms such as fever. 

Passengers with symptoms are being checked for coronavirus as well as other infectious diseases such as malaria, officials say. 

In addition, any passengers who got off in Hong Kong or had close contact with the infected man will be subject to tests for coronavirus. 

a man holding a fish in front of a body of water: David Abel (pictured) said passengers had 'no idea' when the quarantine would end as he and 3,710 others were left in limbo in Yokohama Bay today © Provided by Daily Mail David Abel (pictured) said passengers had 'no idea' when the quarantine would end as he and 3,710 others were left in limbo in Yokohama Bay today

Until the results are in 'everyone on board... will stay there', Japan's health minister Katsunobu Kato said. 

The 80-year-old patient 'did not visit a medical centre inside the ship while he was sailing with us', according to cruise operator Carnival Japan. 

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'According to the hospital where he is staying, his condition is stable and infection was not found among his family members who sailed with him,' they said. 

One passenger told broadcaster TBS today that all the passengers had been asked to stay in their rooms and wait for tests. 

The ship's planned 14-day cruise has been abandoned early.  

A decision on whether to allow the vessel to dock at Yokohama port and let passengers land on Japanese soil 'will be made at the quarantine station', said Suga, the government spokesman. 

Japan has already barred foreign nationals who have been to Hubei, the Chinese province at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak.  

a group of people standing next to a body of water: A TV crew films the cruise ship Diamond Princess off the port of Yokohama today as health officials carry out medical checks © Provided by Daily Mail A TV crew films the cruise ship Diamond Princess off the port of Yokohama today as health officials carry out medical checks

People with passports issued in Hubei are also banned from Japan in a bid to contain the crisis. 

Visitors who display symptoms of the new virus when they arrive in Japan can also be denied entry. 

A total of 11 foreigners have been barred from entering so far, the immigration service agency said today. 

The health ministry said that 20 people in Japan had tested positive for the new virus as of Monday, of whom four showed no symptoms. 

Japan has also flown more than 500 citizens out of Wuhan, where the coronavirus originated. 

The disease is believed to have emerged in a market in Wuhan that sold wild animals, spreading rapidly as people travelled for the Lunar New Year holiday in late January. 

The virus has so far spread to more than 20 countries, prompting the World Health Organization to declare a global health emergency. 

In addition, Hong Kong today announced that a 39-year-old coronavirus patient had died in hospital - only the second fatality outside mainland China. 



How the Coronavirus Numbers Changed So Sharply .
The number of cases and deaths in the coronavirus epidemic in China jumped sharply on Thursday as the authorities there changed how they keep track of the disease, and not, primarily, because of any change in the shape of the outbreak. The number of cases and deaths in the coronavirus epidemic in China jumped sharply on Thursday as the authorities there changed how they keep track of the disease, and not, primarily, because of any change in the shape of the outbreak.

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