5 more Canadians test positive for coronavirus on cruise ship
Five more Canadians tested positive for coronavirus on the quarantined cruise ship off the coast of Japan, bringing the total number to seven.
According to Princess Cruises, 41 passengers tested positive for the virus during the latest round of testing. They'll be transferred to a local hospital for further treatment.
Princess Cruises thanked guests for their understanding.
(1/2)While we know this is a challenging time for our #DiamondPrincess guests and crew in Japan, and their loved ones, we want to acknowledge the support and commitment of all onboard. Thank you to our guests, who have dealt with a tough situation with grace and understanding.— Princess Cruises (@PrincessCruises) February 5, 2020
The cruise line said the other nationalities that tested positive include one person from Argentina, five from Australia, 21 from Japan, one from the United Kingdom and eight from the United States.
The quarantine will end on February 19, barring "any other unforeseen developments."
(1/2) The Japanese Ministry of Health has confirmed the #DiamondPrincess quarantine end date will be February 19, unless there are any other unforeseen developments.— Princess Cruises (@PrincessCruises) February 7, 2020
Passengers are being provided with masks, thermometers, prescription medications, morning crosswords, TV channels, free wi-fi, and regular meals of anything from aloe vera yogurt to fish and vegetables.
For many Canadian passengers, what was supposed to be a relaxing holiday has turned into the vacation from hell.
Still, many are making the best of a bad situation.
This Canadian-American couple posted a hilarious video about their escape attempt with the caption #trumpsaveus.
Day 3 Quarantine. The Great Escape. #thisisajoke #dontlockmeup #mycameramanisinnocent #trumpsaveus #quarantine #princess #coronovirus #iwanttogohome pic.twitter.com/mFXZZpCrY0— Karey Maniscalco (@Kareyrealestate) February 7, 2020
And this passenger encouraged a Canadian woman to be more positive.
Don't be so pessimistic. I think there will be a lot of #DiamondPrincess babies in 9 months— Cruise Enthusiast (@_graysonchance_) February 7, 2020
This American passenger is pretty sure that Gordon Ramsay is working in the kitchens below deck.
Princess stepping up its game with food service on #DiamondPrincess. Don't believe the honeymooners who would rather be in an American hospital. You might have to drag me off the ship when the quarantine ends. pic.twitter.com/JA4fb2C54S— Matthew Smith (@mjswhitebread) February 7, 2020
And this family is just really happy to get some fresh air.
#day3 #coronavirus #coronaoutbreak #Quarantine on #DiamondPrincess #repost #accidentlydelete pic.twitter.com/Ug7Q44ZX4u— Yardley Wong (@yardley_wong) February 7, 2020
This passenger has really improved their knowledge about custom pools.
Ok. Did some work. Played with my son. Watched a movie and tv. I know a lot more about custom swimmming pools now after watching several episodes of “Insane Pools”.— quarantinedondiamondprincess (@quarantinedond1) February 6, 2020
And this woman from Surrey, B.C. is making Canadians proud by staying strong.
Oh ok I’ll keep an eye on that. We are doing ok.. it’s rather stressful but it has to be done this way. 12 more days...— Kim Phillips Real Estate Team (@KPRealEstate_) February 6, 2020
There are now seven cases of coronavirus in Canada — three in Ontario, and four in B.C.
Including the passengers aboard the cruise ship, 14 Canadians have been diagnosed with coronavirus.
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