Negative Suspect Corona on the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship Descended
Japan’s Ministry of Health said Diamond Princess cruise passengers who tested negative for the corona virus will be deployed on Friday (21/2) today. The Covid-19 case on a ship anchored at Yokohama port has the highest number outside mainland China, with a total of 634 confirmed on Thursday (20/2) night and two deaths
Japanese Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said all those who tested negative for the corona virus would be taken down, following two days ago carried out on some passengers on Wednesday (19/2) then. Dozens of passengers who are foreign nationals will be flown back to their home countries.
Most cruise ship crew members and passengers who have not completed quarantine for 14 days, including due to more recent contact with people infected with the corona virus must still be on board. However, the Japanese government said it would take them all to health facilities on land to be quarantined separately.
Authorities in the country are also still in discussions with ship operators and the countries of origin of Diamond Princess crew members from a number of countries for further decisions after quarantine ends. The Japanese government has received a number of questions about quarantine which is considered inappropriate, given the difficulty of isolating people infected with the virus with those who are actually in good health.
Six workers on quarantine were reported to ask questions about the protective measures used. Earlier, the Japanese Ministry of Health said two dead victims from the country who were passengers of Diamond Princess were believed to have been infected before a health check conducted by the authorities on February 5.
It is not yet known whether the two dead victims have contact with other passengers infected with the corona virus around the cabin where they are. In a statement, Kato said that some countries such as the United States (US) brought home residents in Diamond Princess who were partially confirmed to be infected with the corona virus, but some had not been clearly examined. According to him, it was difficult to know when and how virus transmission might occur.
However, US citizens who return to their countries will carry out further quarantine to prevent the possibility of spreading the corona virus. There were 14 people who tested positive for Covid-19 among those being evacuated. In all, 380 other Americans and family members are reported to be in the Diamond Princess.
Japan is the second country to have the largest corona virus case after mainland China, with more than 400 people reportedly infected. The number of Covid-19 cases in the country is increasing with the discovery of the virus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was anchored in Yokohama and was immediately quarantined since 3 February.
Initially, the quarantine was carried out after the cruise ship arrived in Yokohama, Japan when it was learned that a man who traveled by the ship had dropped off in Hong Kong and was diagnosed with the virus. Around 3,700 people are on cruise ships, with a crew of 1,100 and a passenger capacity of 2,670.
Experts have voiced concern about the possibility of people from cruise ships traveling home and spreading to cities and densely populated areas in Japan, such as in the capital city of Tokyo. They said there was a possibility that a secondary infection had occurred in the quarantine for 14 days.
Kentaro Iwata, an infectious disease specialist at Kobe University hospital warned that some passengers who left Diamond Princess could carry the corona virus. He said lowering passengers to get off the ship was a good idea, because the conditions there could actually be more dangerous for those who were initially healthy.
However, it is possible that some people who have recently tested negative for the corona virus can become positive. Iwata warned that cleaning the virus must be done thoroughly, with close monitoring for the next two weeks to them, especially if they begin to experience symptoms of infection.
“Of course people who are sent off should not be allowed to roam freely. They must be monitored so that they can quickly receive medical treatment if they show symptoms of corona virus infection, “Iwata said.
This article was published on Republika.co.id on February 28, 2020 entitled “Penumpang Kapal Pesiar Negatif Corona di Jepang Diturunkan”
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