The day before yesterday, 10 passengers aboard the diamond princess, a cruise ship moored in the foreshore of Yokohama port, Japan, were confirmed to be infected with the new coronavirus and sent to Kanagawa medical institution.
At present, the total number of people infected with the new coronavirus on the diamond princess has increased to 20. The remaining 3700 passengers and crew will remain on board for another 14 days, during which they will not be able to disembark.
Previously, a Hong Kong man boarded the cruise ship in Yokohama on January 20 and disembarked in Hong Kong on January 25. Subsequently, he developed fever and was diagnosed with new coronavirus on February 1. On February 3, the cruise ship arrived in Yokohama, but did not touch the port and kept a certain distance from the land. Then the Japanese government sent dozens of quarantine teams to board the ship for inspection.
Japans prime minister, Shinzo Kato, said at a press conference Friday that he would give full consideration to the health of passengers and crew members and take foolproof measures to prevent the epidemic from expanding.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also attended the headquarters meeting on new coronavirus infection Countermeasures on May 5, saying: now we are facing the new situation of multiple infections in large passenger ships. In order to prevent the spread of infection, all measures must be taken.
Daxa, who boarded the ship from Yokohama on the same day as the confirmed Hong Kong passenger, began to record his life on the ship and the status of the people on board since January 23. He told the people on the surging news ship to accept comprehensive quarantine on the evening of February 3 local time. On February 4, the crew began to wear masks, and on the morning of February 5, they were forbidden to walk out of their rooms.
Anxious and bored, I want to go home right away. Daxa recorded.
Now, the luxury mail ship carrying more than 3000 tourists from 56 countries and regions around the world is floating on the sea, waiting for them to lift the ban after 14 days, or the news of more newly confirmed cases.
What is the situation of the people who are trapped in the boat now? Surging news was authorized by daxa to translate some of its notes on board.
January 23 to February 3: from leisure to anxiety
It is reported that the Diamond Princess Liner left Yokohama on January 20 and arrived in Hong Kong on January 25 after docking at Kagoshima, Japan. Later, the ship sailed to Vietnam, Taiwan and other places.
The first new coronavirus infected person found on this cruise ship is from Hong Kong. He flew to Tokyo on January 17, boarded the cruise ship in Yokohama on January 20, and disembarked in Hong Kong on January 25 in order to participate in this trip. However, since January 19, the man has developed cough symptoms. After returning to Hong Kong, he has a fever since January 30. On February 1, he was diagnosed with the new coronavirus in Hong Kong.
On January 23, when daxa began recording his life on twitter, he didnt know that he was in the same boat with a new coronavirus infected person. His update of the day is just like the usual travel notes: the Diamond Princess Cruise started on the 20th, because there is no signal, there is a wireless network on the ship, so the charge is very cheap. There are about 1300 Japanese on board. The rest are foreigners.
Since then, he did not update the next dynamic until January 28, when the cruise ship had arrived in Vietnams Xialong Bay, and daxa marked the day as cloudy.
Scenery on board
On February 3, daxa seems to have heard that a newly diagnosed patient with coronary pneumonia has taken the cruise, we planned to arrive at Yokohama at 6 oclock tomorrow (4th), but there was a radio on board saying that we must arrive at Yokohama as soon as possible, at 8 oclock this evening.
Diamond Princess docked in Okinawa, Japan on February 1, and was scheduled to return to Yokohama on February 4, but returned to the Yokohama sea area in advance on February 3.
Later on February 3, daxa tweeted again, Ive worn a mask and washed my hands well. However, it has been nine days since the ship docked in Hong Kong, and it is too late.
According to caixin.com, the Hong Kong man infected with the new crown virus said he used sauna and other facilities as well as dining in the restaurant during his stay on the ship.
In an interview with the surging news, daxa expressed his concern that many recreational facilities on board, as well as restaurants and parties, may cause contact and infection of the man on board.
Restaurant on board
Its impossible to say that you are not depressed. What I can do now is to shut myself up in the room. On February 3, daxa tweeted dozens of tweets, full of anxiety and uneasiness.
On February 3, at 4:30 p.m., daxa began to shoot scenes of the main hall, game hall and restaurant on the cruise ship, and said that no one had been told that there had been a new crown patient on the cruise ship, so there was no confusion, the restaurant was crowded as usual, but the crew urged (everyone) to wash their hands.
Why did daxa know the news earlier than the people on board? Daxa told the surging news that he saw the Hong Kong mans confirmed infection on the Internet. He later tweeted that many of the elderly on board didnt carry mobile phones.
Mr. Yan, a cruise line operator, told surging news that the Diamond Princess is based in Yokohama port, Japan, and mainly operates Japans round the island route, with rich Japanese retirees as the main source of tourists.
According to the Japanese Broadcasting Association (NHK), the age of the new cases on the 6th was between 50-70 years old. The previous days new cases were also between 50 and 80 years old.
February 3-4: Quarantine
At around 6 p.m. on February 3, the ship informed that the time of arrival at Yokohama had been changed to 8 p.m. on the same day, but the broadcast said nothing but quarantine, daxa recorded.
In daxas record, the passengers on board havent noticed anything wrong:
There are a lot of people playing mahjong and cards, which is the same scene as in peace.
Karaoke conference was held in the lounge near the main hall. Its held in a lounge every day and its very popular. Everyone is relaxed.
But by around 8 p.m., things changed. The theatre on board has two musicals and magic shows every day. The show, which started at 8:45 that day, had a lot less audience. Before, even the standing area was full of people, but now its empty, daxa wrote on twitter after filming a video of passengers watching a play in a theater. Because theres a radio announcement, lets stay in the house. From his videos, we can see that there are many empty seats.
Later, daxa began photographing the sanitary conditions and preventive measures inside the cruise ship, such as stickers in front of the restaurant, reminding it takes at least 20 seconds to wash hands every time. He also mentioned that the crew on board reminded him to wash hands from the beginning of boarding.
At about 11:00 p.m. on February 3, the ship broadcast again. After that, some people boarded the ship and began to carry out quarantine, and entered each room and began to take the temperature of the people on board.
Quarantine personnel on board
After that, daxa began to stand by in the room.
The quarantine was carried out until the early morning of February 4. After that, daxa began to roam around the ship. Its rare for the ship to be so empty, and roam around the ship. See people like cleaners spraying disinfectant
Later, daxa began to worry about whether she could get off the ship on time tomorrow night. She also made an appointment. Earlier in Okinawa, the taxi was cancelled due to the late disembarkation.
On the morning of February 4, daxa was still optimistic about the situation, and thought that after todays quarantine, the passengers should be able to disband and and disembark. He began to calculate, if the quarantine starts at 8 oclock and ends at the 10th and 9th floors an hour later, it should end in another hour or so, and the remaining rooms should only be half of the 8th and 5th floors. And decide that if anything happens, write it down, and its a waste of time.
In a tweet later on the 4th, daxa recalled the quarantine process that started yesterday: Quarantine started at the top floor at 23 oclock yesterday (the 3rd day), and changed to rooms on the 14th, 12th and 11th floors around 2 oclock (the morning of the 4th day). (4 AM) 8:00 from the 10th floor. The bottom five floors end at about 13 oclock. The crew has been quarantined.
At 2:00 p.m. on February 4, daxa, who was not yet in quarantine, wandered around the ship, but he did not see the quarantine personnel. Passengers on the quarantine floor are broadcast back to the room.
At 3:00 p.m. on February 4, it was daxas turn to check the body temperature, the people who came to my room were not wearing protective clothing but work clothes. The inspection process was over in a minute, very simple. (quarantine officer) knock on the door. I open the door, hand in the consultation form, take the temperature with my ear temperature, and then thank you. Its over.
After a little sleep, daxa woke up to hear that quarantine was still in progress.
They say there are still 100 people to be quarantined. After that, the samples will be sent for inspection and reported tomorrow morning. What happens if a large number of infected people are found?
At 9 p.m. on February 4, the TV station said that a large number of masks were transported into the ship today. Daxa recorded.
February 4-5: things are changing
At 10:00 p.m. on February 4, daxa learned from the news that someone on the ship had positive tests for new coronavirus.
At 0:25 on February 5, daxa recorded, its 0:25, everyone is in the room, you can hear someone in the room.
At 1:00 a.m. on February 5, daxa was still awake. Im ready to catch the coronavirus. I dont know anything about it. I think the virus will lead to pneumonia. Maybe its all my own imagination. Its better to improve my immunity as early as possible, so should I stop losing weight? In this case, I have to do what I can. Even fear and sadness cant improve the epidemic.
After that, daxa wrote, he was used to waking up every day waiting for the broadcast on the ship.
From the broadcast, he learned that from February 5, they were forbidden to go out of the room and breakfast would be sent to each room.
Meals delivered to the door of each guest room by the staff
Im desperate. Passengers must have a lot of problems, daxa wrote. I dont understand and confused things in my heart, such as the regular medicine. How we should act, what procedures we have next, what changes will happen to the situation, and so on. It seems that these information can only rely on news and information on the Internet, so the media please work hard, which is really helpful.
Anxieties have spread across the ship, and daxa is worried about the unknown: I hear peoples worries, needs and anxieties from all walks of life. Personally, I would like to know what kind of countermeasures might be taken in the future. Is that the way to stay on board for 14 days? 10 days? What will happen to foreigners. Everyone checked. If the result is negative, can we get off the ship? I want to know the whole response.
Because daxa has been tweeting about the situation on the ship, and has received many private letters from netizens. For example, one netizen said that his grandmother was also on the ship, which is very worried. This grandmother should be very old, wrote daxa. If the cruise side has a way to deal with it, I hope they can give priority to the elderly.
At 10:26 on February 5, daxa updated a new dynamic: breakfast arrived. The crew are wearing masks.
At 3:00 p.m. on February 5, daxa was in his room. Fortunately, he could watch a movie to kill his time: they locked me in the room, but the movie and other things made me feel very satisfied. The movie will be updated at the rate of one production per day.
At 6 p.m. on February 5, daxa wrote: since yesterday, a man in the next room has been coughing. Are you ok?
On the morning of February 6, daxa once again gave an interview to the surging news. He said that at present, the government and the personnel on board do not cooperate very well, and little information can be obtained from the ship. There are still people on board who are not isolated, who do not wear protective clothing when delivering meals, only wearing masks and gloves. Everything is not OK, said daxa.
On February 6, the customer service of the Diamond Princess replied to the surging news that the guests would be isolated in their box. Through the daily menu, food and drinks will be delivered to their rooms; in addition, we offer many indoor activities and entertainment options. Japans Ministry of health, labor and welfare has instructed guests to stay in their box for quarantine. We are working with the health department to give each guest a fixed time for outdoor activities in batches.
Japans Ministry of health, labor and welfare said Thursday in an interview with the global times that there are 22 Chinese on board the cruise ship, and the confirmed Chinese patients have been sent to medical institutions in Kanagawa County for treatment.