Story at a glance

  • A total of 135 passengers on board the cruise ship have been infected with coronavirus.
  • The ship was placed under a mandatory quarantine last week in Yokohama, Japan.
  • The outbreak has left more than 900 people dead and more than 40,000 infected worldwide.

At least 24 Americans are among the more than 130 passengers who were infected with the coronavirus on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan.

The Washington Post reports 65 new coronavirus cases from the cruise ship were reported Monday. Those diagnosed include 45 Japanese passengers and 11 Americans, as well as passengers from Australia, Canada, England, the Philippines and Ukraine, according to Princess Cruises.

The Diamond Princess’ 14-day quarantine is set to expire on Feb. 19, but the isolation period of passengers could be extended for those who had close contact with people diagnosed with the coronavirus. 

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The ship had roughly 3,700 passengers and crew aboard when it was placed under quarantine Wednesday in Yokohama. Those aboard have been instructed to remain isolated in their rooms for most of the day. Passengers diagnosed with the coronavirus have been escorted off the ship to be treated in hospitals. 

Some passengers onboard have called for help from President Trump. Milena Basso and her husband Gaetano Cerullo, newlyweds on their honeymoon, told Fox News last week that their physical health is “pretty good,” but mentally they are “not so great.” 

The two said they were experiencing trouble getting food and water on the ship, adding “I don’t know how many people have been on a cruise, but you can eat a lot of food pretty fast. Once the quarantine happened, what we could eat basically went downhill,” Cerullo told Fox News. 

The coronavirus outbreak has left 908 dead with more than 40,000 cases in mainland China, and an additional 429 cases reported in other countries, according to China’s National Health Commission data cited by Reuters. The number of deaths has surpassed the number of deaths in the 2002-2003 SARS pandemic.

Published on Feb 10, 2020