Infected passengers removed from Diamond Princess and taken to hospitalCoronavirus death toll passes 490 - latest updatesThousands of people face spending the next fortnight stuck on a luxury cruise ship quarantined off the Japanese port of Yokohama, after initial results showed 10 passengers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.The Diamond Princess, with more than 3,700 passengers and crew onboard, had been prevented from sailing on Monday after an 80-year-old passenger who had travelled on the vessel late last month tested positive after he arrived home in Hong Kong. Continue reading...
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Trump said he wants to keep Grand Princess cruise passengers on the ship so that US coronavirus numbers don't 'double.' That strategy failed in Japan.
The Grand Princess cruise ship is sitting off the coast of San Francisco, waiting for the...The Grand Princess cruise ship is sitting off the coast of San Francisco, waiting for the CDC's next instructions after 21 passengers and crew tested positive for the new coronavirus. President Trump said Friday that despite what experts tell him, he wants to keep passengers and crew on the ship so that coronavirus cases in the US don't "double." One passenger responded: "He can come on board if he wants and serve us our food and bring me my towel." Japan kept thousands of people onboard the Diamond Princess, another cruise ship from the same company, in a failed quarantine that may have helped the virus spread. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The Grand Princess cruise ship hangs in limbo off the coast of San Francisco after 21 of its passengers and crew members tested positive for the new coronavirus. It is unclear what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plan to do next, or whether the California state government will allow the ship to dock. In the meantime, the 2,422 passengers onboard have been asked to stay in their rooms. The ship also holds 1,111 crew members, many of whom continue to bring meals to passengers' rooms. During a tour at the CDC on Friday, President Donald Trump said that the experts he consults, including Vice President Mike Pence, want to take people off the ship. However, Trump said that he didn't want the passengers raising the total case count in the US. "I like the numbers being where they are. I don't need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn't our fault," Trump said in a Fox News interview. But Trump said that he left the decision to the experts even though he disagreed with them. "It wasn't the fault of the people on the ship either, ok? It wasn't their fault either, and they're mostly American, so I can live either way with it," he added. "I would rather have them stay on personally, but I fully understand if they want to take them off. I gave them the authority to make the decision." Debbi Loftus, a current passenger on the Grand Princess, responded to Trump's comments in an interview with CNN. "He can come on board if he wants and serve us our food and bring me my towel," Loftus said. "I like the numbers being where they are. I don't need to have the numbers double because of one ship" -- Trump explains that he doesn't want to let people off the Grand Princess cruise ship because he doesn't want the number of coronavirus cases in the country to go up pic.twitter.com/ELhZDjiZW9 — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 6, 2020 An on-ship quarantine in Japan led to over 700 coronavirus cases The Grand Princess cruise ship is from the same line as the Diamond Princess, which hosted one of the largest outbreaks of the new coronavirus outside of China. More than 700 people who were on the Diamond Princess tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new virus. The ship sat in the port of Yokohama, Japan, for two weeks in February as the local government placed everyone on board under quarantine. Experts have criticized the Japanese government's decision to keep passengers and crew on the Diamond Princess, and some have said the quarantine procedures may have even helped the virus spread. "I'd like to sugarcoat it and try to be diplomatic about it, but it failed," Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told USA Today. "People were getting infected on that ship. Something went awry." Other experts said that quarantine was unethical and violated human rights. "The quarantine was not justified, and violated the individual rights of the passengers while allowing the virus to literally pick them off one-by-one," Dr. Amesh Adalja with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security previously told Business Insider. He added, "the whole idea of the cruise ship quarantine was ill-conceived, and the resultant slew of infections it spawned was completely predictable." Crew members were especially at risk on that ship, since they still had to share cabins, bring food to passengers, and eat together in a mess hall. Dr. Norio Ohmagari, director of Japan's Disease Control and Prevention Center, told CNN that the quarantine "may not have been perfect" and that "scientifically speaking," crew members should have been isolated just like passengers. But given the conditions on the ship, crew members could not be completely isolated, Yosuke Kita, a senior coordinator at Japan's Ministry of Health, said in a press conference on February 24. "I admit, our isolation policy was not perfect," Shigeru Omi, another health adviser to the Japanese government, said in the conference. "No place is perfect except in a hospital." Do you work for Princess Cruises? Are you on the Grand Princess? Contact this reporter at email@example.com. You can also reach out securely on Signal at 646-768-4730. 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Cases of the new virus on the quarantined Diamond Princess reached 135 on Monday. Among them...Cases of the new virus on the quarantined Diamond Princess reached 135 on Monday. Among them are at least 10 workers, and conditions below decks have raised fears of further spread.
The number of coronavirus cases on the Diamond Princess cruise in Japan nearly doubles as passengers report going 'stir crazy' under quarantine
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship nearly doubled on Monday...The number of confirmed coronavirus cases aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship nearly doubled on Monday — from 70 cases to 130. Japan's TBS News first reported on the new cases, citing Japan's health ministry. Communist Party-linked People's Daily also confirmed the news on Twitter. 60 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed on Monday. The ship was placed on a two-week quarantine upon arrival in Yokohama on February 3. Princess Cruises, which owns Diamond Princess, said on Sunday it would offer a full refund to all passengers aboard the quarantined ship. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship currently quarantined near Tokyo has risen to 130. Japanese and Chinese sources confirmed on Monday that 60 new cases of the coronavirus were discovered, a major jump from the 70 cases previously confirmed. The ship was placed on a two-week quarantine upon arrival in Yokohama on February 3. Japan's TBS News first reported on the new cases, citing Japan's health ministry. Communist Party-linked People's Daily also confirmed the news on Twitter. There are about 3,700 passengers and crew aboard the ship operated by Princess Cruises. According to The New York Times, the ship now hosts the highest concentration of coronavirus cases outside of China. Passengers on the ship have described feeling "stir crazy" as they wait out the quarantine in isolation. A passenger who asked to be identified only as Shannon told Business Insider's Sarah Al-Arshani that information about what is happening on board has been scarce. "I feel completely lost at sea," she said. "It's my first and possibly last cruise." On February 6, Princess Cruises announced that the quarantine would end on February 19 "unless there are any other unforeseen developments." It is unclear whether the quarantine will be extended due to the influx of new cases. Princess Cruises also confirmed that several internationals on board had contracted the virus, including guests from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Japan, the UK, and the US. The cruise company said on Sunday that it would offer a full refund to all passengers aboard the quarantined ship. "Because of the extraordinary circumstances onboard Diamond Princess, Princess Cruises will refund the full cruise fare for all guests including air travel, hotel, ground transportation, pre-paid shore excursions, gratuities and other items. In addition, guests will not be charged for any onboard incidental charges during the additional time onboard." Another cruise ship, The World Dream, also quarantined passengers over coronavirus fears. The ship allowed passengers to disembark in Hong Kong on Sunday after crew members tested negative for the virus. The coronavirus outbreak has killed more than 900 people and infected more than 40,000 people internationally as of Monday.SEE ALSO: 2 cruise ships have been quarantined over the coronavirus: 1 released its passengers, the other is seeing more people get sick Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Behind the scenes with Shepard Smith — the Fox News star who just announced his resignation from the network