Six passengers who were aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship during the coronavirus quarantine have died from the disease. The most recent death was a British man who died on February 28. The man, who was not named, was being treated in a hospital in Japan after disembarking the ship. Two Japanese passengers — an 87-year-old man and an 84-year-old woman — were the first to die from the disease on February 19. The other three passengers who died from the disease are also Japanese nationals. The cruise ship, which is docked in Yokohama, Japan, was subject to a two-week quarantine imposed by the Japanese government, which drew criticism when it appeared that the quarantine failed. More than 700 people on board were infected with the coronavirus. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Six passengers on the cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan for weeks have died from the coronavirus. The most recent death was a British man who died on February 28. The man, who was not named, was being treated in a hospital in Japan after disembarking the ship. The first passengers to die from the disease — an 87-year-old man and an 84-year-old woman — were Japanese, The New York Times reported, citing the Japanese broadcaster NHK. The two passengers were taken to local hospitals on February 11-12 and had underlying health issues. The other three passengers who died from the disease are also Japanese nationals. More than 3,700 people were trapped on the ship after Japanese authorities imposed a two-week quarantine. The situation came under scrutiny when the quarantine appeared to fail, with an uptick of cases on the ship and over 700 people ultimately testing positive for the coronavirus, which causes a disease known as COVID-19, Forbes reported. The novel coronavirus outbreak, which began late last year, originated in the city of Wuhan in the central Chinese province of Hubei. The coronavirus death toll has surpassed 2,100, with more than 75,000 people infected across more then two dozen countries, though the vast majority of cases remain in China.
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Yet another Princess Cruises line ship is testing crew members for the new coronavirus, the Associated...Yet another Princess Cruises line ship is testing crew members for the new coronavirus, the Associated Press reported. The Caribbean Princess is not allowed to dock in Fort Lauderdale until the CDC clears it. Two of the crew members were transferred from the Grand Princess, where there are now multiple confirmed COVID-19 cases. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The Caribbean Princess cruise ship will not be allowed to dock until crew members on board are tested for the novel coronavirus, the Associated Press reported. Two crew members were transferred from another Princess Cruises ship, the Grand Princess, which is currently docked in Oakland, California. The Grand Princess had to wait off the coast of California for several days as people on board were tested for the new coronavirus. Last week, at least 21 people tested positive, including 19 crew members. A previous passenger died from the virus, which forced the ship to cut the planned course and begin testing people on board. The Center for Disease Control has put the Caribbean Princess on a "no-sail order;" it has to stay on the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, until further notice. The transferred crew members do not currently show any symptoms but are being isolated in their own rooms as a precaution. It's not yet known how many passengers and crew are on this ship, but they wont be able to disembark until the ship is able to dock. This weekend, the Regal Princess was finally able to dock in Fort Lauderdale, after two crew members who came from the Grand Princess cruise ship tested negative, according to the AP. The Diamond Princess was quarantined off the coast of Japan for almost a month in February. More than 700 people on the ship contracted the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19. Six people who were aboard the Diamond Princess died. Passengers who disembarked from the Diamond Princess were either sent to hospitals for treatment or were quarantined for an additional two weeks. Those who disembarked on Monday from the Grand Princess will also go into quarantine or be treated for the virus. The State Department advised Americans not to go on cruise ships amid the coronavirus outbreak, on Sunday. The CDC also warned against people with underlying health conditions or the elderly from going cruises. As of Monday, the US reported 26 deaths among more than 750 cases. Globally, more than 113,000 people have been infected and more than 4,000 have died. Read more: The coronavirus-stricken Grand Princess cruise ship just docked in Oakland. Crew members will stay onboard, while passengers are quarantined on military bases. 6 people from the Diamond Princess cruise ship have died from the coronavirus The State Department says people shouldn't go on cruises amid the coronavirus outbreak Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Jeff Bezos reportedly just spent $165 million on a Beverly Hills estate — here are all the ways the world's richest man makes and spends his money
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach out securely on Signal at 646-768-4730. 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A passenger who was on a Princess cruise has died of the coronavirus in California. The ship is headed for San Francisco, but Gov. Newsom said it won't dock.
The Grand Princess cruise ship is expected to arrive off the coast of San Francisco on...The Grand Princess cruise ship is expected to arrive off the coast of San Francisco on Thursday as the CDC investigates a "small cluster" of coronavirus cases associated with its previous voyage. The first patient to die of the new coronavirus in California was on the Grand Princess from February 11 to 21. The ship is from the same cruise line as the Diamond Princess, which was quarantined for more than two weeks in the port of Yokohama, Japan. It is not yet clear whether Grand Princess passengers or crew will face a similar quarantine. The ship will not initially be allowed to dock in the port of San Francisco, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday. For the latest case total, death toll, and travel information, see Business Insider's live updates here. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A coronavirus patient who had recently traveled on the Grand Princess cruise ship has died in California, the state confirmed, and the ship is now headed for San Francisco. The Grand Princess is expected to arrive near the city on Thursday afternoon. California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon that the ship will be held off the coast. He also declared a state of emergency for California. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a "small cluster" of cases connected to the ship, according to a statement that the company, Princess Cruises, sent to passengers on Wednesday. Some passengers have started to show symptoms, Newsom said. Instead of heading to Ensenada, Mexico, as scheduled, the ship is cutting its voyage short. The Grand Princess is from the same line as the Diamond Princess, which hosted one of the largest outbreaks of the new coronavirus outside China. More than 700 people who were on board 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 weeks as the local government placed everyone on board under quarantine. Newsom said the Grand Princess will not initially be allowed to dock in the port of San Francisco, and that officials will instead fly coronavirus tests out to the ship. "The CDC is continuing to actively collect information and has set up a meeting with us this morning to determine what, if any, actions need to be taken during this cruise and on arrival in San Francisco," the cruise line said on Wednesday. "We have shared essential travel and health data with the CDC to facilitate their standard notification to the State and County health authorities to follow up with individuals who may have been exposed to people who became ill." It added: "We anticipate that further review of the situation will be necessary on arrival in San Francisco." Next steps for the Grand Princess are not yet clear The patient who died of the coronavirus in California was on the Grand Princess from February 11 to 21. At least one other confirmed coronavirus case in California — a person in Sonoma County — was on the cruise at the same time as the patient who died. Some passengers still on board were also on that trip. "For those guests who sailed with us on our previous voyage and may have been exposed, in an abundance of caution, the CDC requires you to remain in your stateroom until you have been contacted and cleared by our medical staff," the company said. It is not clear yet whether other passengers — those not on the previous voyage — were also asked to stay in their rooms. Newsom said state authorities are following up with the other passengers who were on the previous voyage but left when that cruise ended. Experts have criticized the way Japan's government quarantined Diamond Princess passengers and crew on that ship. "I admit, our isolation policy was not perfect," Shigeru Omi, a health adviser to the Japanese government, said at a press conference on February 24. "No place is perfect except in a hospital." It is not yet known what the CDC plans to do if more people on the Grand Princess test positive for COVID-19. The CDC did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did Princess Cruises. "We are closely recording and monitoring all persons who have reported to the medical center with cold and flu symptoms during the voyage. As a precaution, we are also conducting additional enhanced environmental disinfection onboard in addition to our regular stringent cleaning and sanitation protocols," Princess Cruises said in its statement to passengers. This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 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