Coronavirus Horror On The High Seas: Here’s What We Know

(Tea Party 247) – What a nightmare.

As the global health crisis that is coronavirus continues to spread, passengers aboard a cruise ship have found themselves in a horrifying situation.

According to the Epoch Times, Japan’s health ministry has quarantined a cruise ship that had arrived in Yokohama on Monday night after a male passenger on board was found to have been infected with the coronavirus.

Dozens of quarantine officers are examining the 2,500 passengers on the ship, according to Kyodo News.

Princess Cruises, a subsidiary of Carnival Cruises, told Bloomberg that the passengers embarked the Diamond Princess ship in Yokahama on January 20 and disembarked on January 25.

The ship continued its trip to take other passengers to Yokohama.

On Saturday night, the passenger tested positive for the deadly virus.

2,666 passengers and 1,045 crew are on board the quarantined ship, although they will apparently only be detained for 24 hours.

This is for a virus that has a two-week contagion window.

That doesn’t sound effective at all!

“The review of the arriving guests and crew, by Japanese health authorities, is standard practice after a guest tested positive for coronavirus and we are working closely with the local authorities to provide detailed records to facilitate their review,” the company said in the statement to the news outlet.

So far, 20 cases of the virus have been confirmed by the Japanese government.

Most of these patients, until now, have been in Wuhan, the center of the outbreak.

Epoch Times notes:

Last week, some 6,000 passengers were held on a cruise ship off the Italian coast after health authorities placed the ship under quarantine over coronavirus fears. A sick Chinese woman prompted the scare.

Cruise officials “have confirmed that Italian health officials diagnosed a passenger on board a ship docked in Civitavecchia, north of Rome, Italy with the common flu,” according to a statement from Carnival Cruises and its Italy-based subsidiary Costa Cruises on Jan. 30.

The World Health Organization (WHO) last week declared a global public health emergency over the virus, which has prompted quarantines and lockdowns in Wuhan, China, earlier this month. There have been confirmed coronavirus cases in about 20 other countries, including Italy.

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