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'Improvement in condition of two Indians infected with Coronavirus onboard cruise ship': Embassy

The India Print 2020-02-13 20:32:05

TOKYO: The condition of two Indian crew infected with coronavirus onboard a cruise liner off the japanese coast is stable and improving, the Indian embassy in Japan said on Thursday as authorities confirmed that 218 passengers are infected with the deadly disease.

The Indian nationals are currently during a medical facility under quarantine as per the japanese health protocol, an Indian embassy official told PTI.
"We have established contact with the doctor treating them and are told that their condition was stable and improving.

They are going to be put to a different round of tests in next few days and further treatment will be administered supported the results," he said.

The cruise liner Diamond Princess with 3,711 people on board received the japanese coast early last week and was quarantined after a passenger, who de-boarded last month in Hong Kong , was found to be the carrier of the novel virus on the ship.

A total of 138 Indians, including 132 crew and 6 passengers, were on board the ship.

Sonali Thakkar, 24, from Mumbai, who is a component of the safety team onboard the cruise liner , told CNN that she and her colleague became ill with a headache, cough and a fever two days ago.

She has been asked by her supervisor to prevent working and she or he is currently staying in her cabin in isolation.

"I'm not eating alright and are having fevers. We all are really scared and tensed," she told the American channel during a Skype turn Wednesday.

Thakkar said that there are some crew members whose job it's to serve food to the isolated passengers and people on the safety team who had been working around infected people.

"And then we all eat together. There are many places where we all are together, not separated from one another . Especially once we sit within the same mess and eat together, the place where it can spread in no time .

"There are more crew members who are isolated to their cabins who aren't even being tested yet," she added.

Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said the Indian embassy is in constant touch with the crew and passengers, and rendering all necessary support and assistance.

"Our Embassy @IndianEmbTokyo is in constant touch with the crew & passengers of #DiamondPrincess off Yokohama, Japan, rendering all necessary support & assistance.

Passengers & crew are currently quarantined by Japanese authorities," he said during a tweet.

"Two Indian crew members have tested positive for #Coronavirus. Will keep you updated," he said in another tweet.

On Wednesday, the Indian embassy said during a statement that thanks to the suspicion of novel coronavirus infection, the ship has been quarantined by the japanese authorities till February 19, 2020.

All the infected people are taken to hospitals for adequate treatment, including further quarantine, in accordance with the japanese health protocol, it said.

The Indian embassy was in-tuned with the japanese authorities to make sure the welfare of Indian nationals on board the ship also because the possibility of their early disembarkation, just in case they're not found to possess tested positive for the virus, it said.

"None of the Indian nationals have complained of discriminatory treatment administered to them," it said, adding that the mission has been in constant touch with the ship management company- Princess Cruises (for the crew members) and therefore the employer of six passengers to traffic jam their travel back to India.

Those on the ship are asked to wear masks and allowed limited access to the open decks as they're advised to stay within the cabins most of the days to contain the spread of the virus, consistent with media reports.

Carnival Japan Inc., the japanese branch of Princess Cruise Lines Ltd., which operates the ship, on Monday vowed to refund all 2,666 passengers thanks to the on board outbreak of the new coronavirus the corporate will additionally cover all costs incurred by those quarantined aboard the ship since last Tuesday when passengers were originally scheduled to disembark at Yokohama.

The price in China's novel coronavirus outbreak has spiked to 1,367 with 254 new fatalities, the very best for one day, reported mostly from the worst-affected Hubei province while the confirmed cases of infection jumped to just about 60,000, health officials said on Thursday.

The coronavirus outbreak originated in central China's Hubei province in December last year.

The virus was officially named "COVID-19" by the planet Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday.

Several countries have banned arrivals from China while major airlines have suspended flights to the country.