Relating the coronavirus to a previous theory that the air conditioning system within a hotel may have helped spread the SARS outbreak, he said in the statement to the Science Media Centre: "During the 2002 SARS outbreak, cases were generated via a hotel's ventilation shaft. If this is also the case on the ship, it indicates that the ship was not a suitable place for holding a large number of cases with a centralised air conditioning system. … [Read more...] about Is the Cruise Ship Coronavirus Quarantine Working? Scientist Says Close Confinement Is a ‘Recipe for Transmission’
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Hun Sen had already expressed scepticism about the risks posed by the virus and offered to go personally to the Chinese city of Wuhan - the centre of the outbreak - to tell frightened Cambodians living there that they must stay put for the sake of relations with China, a vital ally for his country. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: How did Cambodia’s cruise ship welcome go wrong?
"I want you to understand that not only our officials at the health ministry but also Self-Defense Forces officials and medical officials are working desperately hard." The government also released a document from the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), which pointed to "clear evidence that substantial transmission of COVID-19 had been occurring prior to implementation of quarantine on Diamond Princess." "Quarantine intervention was effective in reducing transmission among passengers," the report concluded. The NIID also noted the unique situation faced by Japanese authorities. "Due to the nature of the ship, individual isolation of all those aboard was not possible. Sharing of cabins was necessary, and some crew had to continue to perform essential duties for the functioning of the vessel." The 1,045 crew members on board are expected to endure a further 14-day quarantine after the last passenger has disembarked. Several countries have evacuated their citizens from … [Read more...] about Two passengers of Japan cruise ship Diamond Princess die after leaving it
TOKYO: Two former passengers of the coronavirus-wracked Diamond Princess have died, local media reported Thursday, as fears mount about those who have left the ship after testing negative for the virus. A man and a woman in their 80s who had been infected have died, public broadcaster NHK and others reported, which would be the first fatal cases among the more than 600 on board the cruise ship. Both had underlying conditions and had been taken off the ship on February 11 and 12 before being treated in hospital, NHK said. The huge vessel moored in Yokohama near Tokyo is easily the biggest coronavirus cluster outside the Chinese epicentre, with 621 positive cases confirmed among the passengers and crew. On Wednesday, 443 passengers disembarked from the ship after testing negative for the COVID-19 virus and not showing symptoms during a 14-day quarantine period. The complete removal of the passengers was expected to take at least three days. More passengers left the ship on Thursday, … [Read more...] about Two coronavirus patients from Japan cruise ship dead: Media
In a tweet, the Indian embassy here said, “1 Indian crew who tested positive for #COVID19 among 79 new cases on #DiamondPrincess yesterday too has been shifted to hospital for treatment. All 8 Indians receiving treatment are responding well. Rest all Indians on-board are braving out the trying circumstances.” Earlier, seven Indians were tested positive for the COVID-19. … [Read more...] about One more Indian tests positive for coronavirus on cruise ship off Japan, takes infected nationals toll to 8